lean

I.
/lin / (say leen)

verb (leaned or leant /lɛnt/ (say lent), leaning)
verb (i)
1. to incline or bend from a vertical position or in a particular direction.
2. to rest against or on something for support.
3. to depend or rely: to lean on empty promises.
verb (t)
4. to incline or bend: he leaned his head forward.
5. to cause to lean or rest (against, on, upon, etc.): lean your arm against the railing.
noun
6. the act of leaning; inclination.
phrase
7. lean on, Colloquial to intimidate; apply pressure to: they leaned on me to pay for the repairs to the car.
8. lean over backwards See backwards (def. 7).
9. lean towards, to incline in feeling, opinion, action, etc., in favour of: to lean towards socialism; to lean towards a particular option.
{Middle English lene(n), Old English hleonian; distantly related to Latin -clīnāre incline}
II.
[c]/lin / (say leen)

adjective
1. (of persons or animals) scant of flesh; thin; not plump or fat: lean cattle.
2. (of meat) containing little or no fat.
3. lacking in richness, fullness, quantity, etc.: a lean diet; lean years.
4. deficient in a particular ingredient, as of clay which is not very plastic, or of one which contains little valuable material.
5. (of a period of time) endured through deprivation, usually physical but also, figuratively, emotional: the lean years
6. not providing much sustenance for animals: lean paddocks.
7. Printing (of letters or strokes) thin; narrow.
noun
8. that part of flesh which consists of muscular tissue rather than fat.
9. the lean part of anything.
{Middle English lene, Old English hlǣne}
leanly, adverb
leanness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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