Lean

Definition of Lean

Pronunciation: lēn
v. t.1.To conceal.
v. i.1.To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating; as, she leaned out at the window; a leaning column.
[imp. & p. p. Leaned (lēnd), sometimes Leant (lĕnt); p. pr. & vb. n. Leaning.]
2.To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; - with to, toward, etc.
They delight rather to lean to their old customs.
- Spenser.
3.To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; - with on, upon, or against.
He leaned not on his fathers but himself.
- Tennyson.
v. t.1.To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.
His fainting limbs against an oak he leant.
- Dryden.
a.1.Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; slim; not plump; slender; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.
2.Wanting fullness, richness, sufficiency, or productiveness; deficient in quality or contents; slender; scant; barren; bare; mean; - used literally and figuratively; as, the lean harvest; a lean purse; a lean discourse; lean wages.
Their lean and flashy songs.
- Milton.
What the land is, whether it be fat or lean.
- Num. xiii. 20.
Out of my lean and low ability
I'll lend you something.
- Shak.
3.(Typog.) Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; - opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.
n.1.That part of flesh which consists principally of muscle without the fat.
The fat was so white and the lean was so ruddy.
- Goldsmith.
2.(Typog.) Unremunerative copy or work.

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