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LEANING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does leaning mean? 

LEANING (noun)
  The noun LEANING has 4 senses:

1. an inclination to do something
2. a natural inclination
3. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
4. the act of deviating from a vertical position

  Familiarity information: LEANING used as a noun is uncommon.


LEANING (adjective)
  The adjective LEANING has 1 sense:

1. departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal

  Familiarity information: LEANING used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LEANING (noun)


Sense 1leaning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inclination to do something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

leaning; propensity; tendency

Context example:

he felt leanings toward frivolity

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

inclination (that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking)


Sense 2leaning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A natural inclination

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

proclivity; propensity; leaning

Context example:

he has a proclivity for exaggeration

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

disposition; inclination; tendency (an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others)


Sense 3leaning [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 ("leaning" is a kind of...):

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


Sense 4leaning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of deviating from a vertical position

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

act; human action; human activity (something that people do or cause to happen)


LEANING (adjective)


Sense 1leaning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal

Synonyms:

atilt; canted; leaning; tilted; tipped

Context examples:

the leaning tower of Pisa / the headstones were tilted

Similar:

inclined (at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position)


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