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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 lean /ˈlin/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lean n.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lean, v. t.  To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.
    His fainting limbs against an oak he leant.   --Dryden.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lean v. t.  To conceal. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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"
         [syn: list]
      [also: leant]