1. That part of flesh which consists principally of muscle without the fat.
The fat was so white and the lean was so ruddy. --Goldsmith.
2. Typog. Unremunerative copy or work.
Lean a. [Compar. Leaner superl. Leanest.]
1. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; slim; not plump; slender; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.
2. 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. “No lean wardrobe.”
Their lean and flashy songs. --Milton.
What the land is, whether it be fat or lean. --Num. xiii. 20.
Out of my lean and low ability
I'll lend you something. --Shak.
3. Typog. Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; -- opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.
Syn: -- slender; spare; thin; meager; lank; skinny; gaunt.
Lean, v. t. To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.
His fainting limbs against an oak he leant. --Dryden.
Lean v. t. To conceal. [Obs.]
Lean v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leaned sometimes Leant (lĕnt); p. pr. & vb. n. Leaning.]
1. 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. “He leant forward.”
2. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; -- with to, toward, etc.
They delight rather to lean to their old customs. --Spenser.
3. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on, upon, or against.
He leaned not on his fathers but himself. --Tennyson.
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,
v 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
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"