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Definition 1: the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where lean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for lean in the sense of this definition

(lean is a kind of ...) the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

"the position of the hands on the clock" "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"

Definition 2: rely on for support - [verb of cognition]

Samples where lean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We can lean on this man

(lean is a kind of ...) have confidence or faith in

"We can trust in our government"

Definition 3: cause to lean or incline - [verb of contact]

Samples where lean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He leaned his rifle against the wall

(lean is a kind of ...) put into a certain place or abstract location

"Put your things here" "Set the tray down" "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children" "Place emphasis on a certain point"

Definition 4: to incline or bend from a vertical position - [verb of motion]

Samples where lean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She leaned over the banister

Synonyms for lean in the sense of this definition

(lean is a kind of ...) form a curve

"The stick does not bend"

(... is a kind of lean ) be at an angle

"The terrain sloped down"

(... is a kind of lean ) cause to slope

(... is a kind of lean ) tilt to one side

"The balloon heeled over" "the wind made the vessel heel" "The ship listed to starboard"

(... is a kind of lean ) move the upper body backwards and down

Definition 5: cause to lean to the side - [verb of motion]

Samples where lean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Erosion listed the old tree

Synonyms for lean in the sense of this definition

(lean is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(lean has a similar meaning as ...) tilt to one side

"The balloon heeled over" "the wind made the vessel heel" "The ship listed to starboard"

Definition 6: have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined - [verb of stative]

Samples where lean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for lean in the sense of this definition

(lean is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of lean ) be willing or inclined to accept

"He did not take kindly to my critical remarks"

(... is a kind of lean ) be given to

"She suffers from a tendency to talk too much"

(... is a kind of lean ) move toward

"The conversation gravitated towards politics"

Definition 7: lacking in mineral content or combustible material - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where lean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • lean ore
  • lean fuel

Definition 8: lacking excess flesh - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where lean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for lean in the sense of this definition

(lean is similar to ...) resembling a scarecrow in being thin and ragged

"a forlorn scarecrowish figure"

(lean is similar to ...) having long slender legs

(lean is similar to ...) thin and fit

"the spare figure of a marathon runner" "a body kept trim by exercise"

(lean is similar to ...) having a small waist

(lean is similar to ...) being of delicate or slender build

"she was slender as a willow shoot is slender" "a slim girl with straight blonde hair" "watched her slight figure cross the street"

(lean is similar to ...) lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness

"the old woman's shriveled skin" "he looked shriveled and ill" "a shrunken old man" "a lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws" "he did well despite his withered arm" "a wizened little man with frizzy grey hair"

(lean is similar to ...) being very thin

"a child with skinny freckled legs" "a long scrawny neck" "pale bony hands"

(lean is similar to ...) (of a woman or girl) slender and graceful like a sylph

(lean is similar to ...) thin as a twig

(lean is similar to ...) resembling a reed in being upright and slender

(lean is similar to ...) having a lean and bony physique

"a rawboned cow hand"

(lean is similar to ...) long and lean

(lean is similar to ...) tall and thin

(lean is similar to ...) characteristic of the bony face of a cadaver

(lean is similar to ...) very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

"a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys" "eyes were haggard and cavernous" "small pinched faces" "kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration"

(lean is similar to ...) suffering from anorexia nervosa; pathologically thin

(lean is similar to ...) thin and weak

"a wispy little fellow with small hands and feet"

(lean is similar to ...) lean and sinewy

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

"thin wire" "a thin chiffon blouse" "a thin book" "a thin layer of paint"

(means also ...) having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs

(... are attributes of lean) the weight of a person's body

Definition 9: not profitable or prosperous - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where lean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a lean year

(lean is similar to ...) producing little or no profit or gain

"deposits abandoned by mining companies as unprofitable"

Definition 10: containing little excess - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where lean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a lean budget
  • a skimpy allowance

Synonyms for lean in the sense of this definition

(lean is similar to ...) of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

"insufficient funds"

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