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LEAN (leant)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lean mean? 

LEAN (noun)
  The noun LEAN has 1 sense:

1. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

  Familiarity information: LEAN used as a noun is very rare.


LEAN (adjective)
  The adjective LEAN has 4 senses:

1. lacking excess flesh
2. lacking in mineral content or combustible material
3. containing little excess
4. not profitable or prosperous

  Familiarity information: LEAN used as an adjective is uncommon.


LEAN (verb)
  The verb LEAN has 5 senses:

1. to incline or bend from a vertical position
2. cause to lean or incline
3. have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
4. rely on for support
5. cause to lean to the side

  Familiarity information: LEAN used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


LEAN (noun)


Sense 1lean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

lean; list; leaning; tilt; inclination

Context examples:

the tower had a pronounced tilt / the ship developed a list to starboard / he walked with a heavy inclination to the right

Hypernyms ("lean" is a kind of...):

position; spatial relation (the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated)


LEAN (adjective)


Sense 1lean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking excess flesh

Synonyms:

lean; thin

Context examples:

you can't be too rich or too thin / Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look

Similar:

boney; scraggy; scrawny; skinny; underweight; weedy (being very thin)

shriveled; shrivelled; shrunken; withered; wizen; wizened (lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness)

slender; slight; slim; svelte (being of delicate or slender build)

slender-waisted; slim-waisted; wasp-waisted (having a small waist)

spare; trim (thin and fit)

spindle-legged; spindle-shanked (having long slender legs)

stringy; wiry (lean and sinewy)

wisplike; wispy (thin and weak)

scarecrowish (resembling a scarecrow in being thin and ragged)

twiggy; twiglike (resembling a twig)

reedlike; reedy (resembling a reed in being upright and slender)

anorectic; anorexic (suffering from anorexia nervosa; pathologically thin)

bony; cadaverous; emaciated; gaunt; haggard; pinched; skeletal; wasted (very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold)

deep-eyed; hollow-eyed; sunken-eyed (characteristic of the bony face of a cadaver)

gangling; gangly; lanky (tall and thin)

lank; spindly (long and lean)

rawboned (having a lean and bony physique)

Also:

ectomorphic (having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs)

thin (of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section)

Attribute:

body weight (the weight of a person's body)


Sense 2lean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking in mineral content or combustible material

Context examples:

lean ore / lean fuel

Antonym:

rich (high in mineral content; having a high proportion of fuel to air)


Sense 3lean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Containing little excess

Synonyms:

skimpy; lean

Context examples:

a lean budget / a skimpy allowance

Similar:

deficient; insufficient (of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement)


Sense 4lean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not profitable or prosperous

Context example:

a lean year

Similar:

unprofitable (producing little or no profit or gain)


LEAN (verb)


Sense 1lean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To incline or bend from a vertical position

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

lean; tilt; angle; slant; tip

Context example:

She leaned over the banister

Hypernyms (to "lean" is one way to...):

bend; flex (form a curve)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lean"):

incline; pitch; slope (be at an angle)

weather (cause to slope)

heel; list (tilt to one side)

lean back; recline (move the upper body backwards and down)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Also:

lean against; lean on (rest on for support)


Sense 2lean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to lean or incline

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

He leaned his rifle against the wall

Hypernyms (to "lean" is one way to...):

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence example:

They lean their rifles on the cabinet


Sense 3lean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

be given; incline; tend; lean; run

Context examples:

She tends to be nervous before her lectures / These dresses run small / He inclined to corpulence

Hypernyms (to "lean" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lean"):

take kindly to (be willing or inclined to accept)

suffer (be given to)

gravitate (move toward)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Sense 4lean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rely on for support

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

We can lean on this man

Hypernyms (to "lean" is one way to...):

bank; rely; swear; trust (have confidence or faith in)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 5lean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to lean to the side

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

list; lean

Context example:

Erosion listed the old tree

Hypernyms (to "lean" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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