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Definition of Lean


  1. To conceal.
  2. 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.
  3. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; -- with to, toward, etc.
  4. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on, upon, or against.
  5. To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.
  6. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.
  7. 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.
  8. Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; -- opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.
  9. That part of flesh which consist principally of muscle without the fat.
  10. Unremunerative copy or work.

Lean Quotations

Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president.
Eleanor Roosevelt

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
William Butler Yeats

You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
Denis Waitley

Keep your blood clean, your body lean, and your mind sharp.
Henry Rollins

Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.
Orison Swett Marden
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Lean Translations

lean in Afrikaans is maer, dun, skraal
lean in Dutch is steunen, schragen, stutten
lean in Finnish is nojata
lean in French is maigre, adossons, adossent, appuyer, adossez
lean in German is mager, knapp, hager, lehnen
lean in Italian is sostenere, scremato, sporgere
lean in Latin is nitor, macer
lean in Norwegian is helle, lene, tynn, mager
lean in Portuguese is delgado
lean in Spanish is apoyarse, enjuto
lean in Swedish is mager, luta sig

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