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Dictionary Definition

lean adj
1 lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare [syn: thin] [ant: fat]
2 lacking in mineral content or combustible material; "lean ore"; "lean fuel" [ant: rich]
3 containing little excess; "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance" [syn: skimpy]
4 low in mineral content; "a lean ore"
5 not profitable or prosperous; "a lean year" n : the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical; "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right" [syn: tilt, list, inclination, leaning]


1 to incline or bend from a vertical position; "She leaned over the banister" [syn: tilt, tip, slant, angle]
2 cause to lean or incline; "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
3 have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence" [syn: tend, be given, incline, run]
4 rely on for support; "We can lean on this man"
5 cause to lean to the side; "Erosion listed the old tree" [syn: list] [also: leant]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /liːn/, /li:n/

Etymology 1

hleonian (to bend, to recline, to lie down, to rest).


  1. To hang outwards.
  2. To press against.
to hang outwards
to press against

Etymology 2

Old English hlæne.


  1. In the context of "of a person}} slim; not fleshy.




Extensive Definition

Lean or LEAN may refer to:
  • Louisiana Environmental Action Network
  • Lean, also called "purple drank," "sizzurp," or "syrup," a recreational drug based on cough syrup that is popular in the hip-hop community of the Southern United States
  • Lean Laboratory, one which is focused on testing products and materials to deliver results in the most efficient way
  • Lean manufacturing, process management philosophy
  • Lean software development, a translation of lean manufacturing principles to software development
  • Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush), a freshwater char living mainly in lakes in northern North America
lean in German: Lean

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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