What is the meaning of leaning?


  • An inclination to do something.
    • usage: "he felt leanings toward frivolity"
  • A natural inclination.
    • usage: "he has a proclivity for exaggeration"
  • The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical.
    • usage: "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
  • The act of deviating from a vertical position.


  • To incline or bend from a vertical position.
    • usage: "She leaned over the banister"
  • Cause to lean or incline.
    • usage: "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
  • Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined.
    • usage: "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence"
  • Rely on for support.
    • usage: "We can lean on this man"
  • Cause to lean to the side.
    • usage: "Erosion listed the old tree"


  • Departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal.
    • usage: "the leaning tower of Pisa"; "the headstones were tilted"
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