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Dictionary definition for: Lean

1. (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"

2. (v) to incline or bend from a vertical position; "She leaned over the banister"

3. (a) lacking excess flesh; "you can''t be too rich or too thin" "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare

4. (v) cause to lean or incline; "He leaned his rifle against the wall"

5. (a) lacking in mineral content or combustible material; "lean ore" "lean fuel"

6. (v) 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"

7. (s) containing little excess; "a lean budget" "a skimpy allowance"

8. (v) rely on for support; "We can lean on this man"

9. (s) low in mineral content; "a lean ore"

10. (v) cause to lean to the side; "Erosion listed the old tree"

11. (s) not profitable or prosperous; "a lean year"

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