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Meaning of lean

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

  lean
      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}, {lean}] [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: {lean}, {skimpy}]
      4: not profitable or prosperous; "a lean year"
      n 1: 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}, {lean}, {leaning}]
      v 1: to incline or bend from a vertical position; "She leaned
           over the banister" [syn: {lean}, {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}, {lean}, {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}, {lean}]


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