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, leaning]
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 wall"
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"
- past tense of lean
past tense of lean
- past participle of lean