[ verb ] to incline or bend from a vertical position
"She leaned over the banister"
Used in print(David Stacton, The Judges of the Secret Court....)
In the Presidential box someone leaned over the balustrade and yelled : `` He has shot the President '' !(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)
The steeple leaned backward , while the church advanced like a headless creature in a long , shapeless coat .(Bruce Palmer, "My Brother's Keeper", Many Are...)
He paced forward unsteadily , leaning too far back , his head tilted oddly .
The man leaned his frail body against Watson 's shoulder .(W. H. Gass, "The Pedersen Kid," in The...)
I was leaning too far over .
[ verb ] cause to lean or incline
"He leaned his rifle against the wall"
Used in print(Wayne D. Overholser, The Killer Marshal....)
In_any_case , he had no intention of being caught asleep , so he carried his revolver in its holster on his hip and he took his Winchester with him and leaned it against the fence .
Leaning his Winchester against the front of the house , he walked to the girl .
[ adjective ] lacking excess flesh
"you can't be too rich or too thin" "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
Used in print(Jesse Hill Ford, Mountains of Gilead....)
She glanced at the man nodding beside her , a man with weather cracks furrowed into his lean cheeks , with powdery pale eyes reflecting all the droughts he had seen , reflecting the sky and the drought which must follow now in August - yes , with eyes predicting the drought and here it was only June , only festival time again and thoughts of Gratt_Shafer would not leave her .
[ verb ] 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"
Used in print(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)
Indonesia , in the early_days of the Republic , leaned toward the West .
[ verb ] rely on for support
"We can lean on this man"
Used in print(The Atlanta Constitution...)
Yet we who lean upon such a man and draw strength from him and expect interpretation of the infinite through him - we who readily accept his sacrifice as our due , we of the congregations are the first to tell him what is in our minds instead of listening to what is in his soul .
[ verb ] exhibit an inclination or tendency
Used in print(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)
I would tell them I got a letter from home stating that five of my Negroes had run_away and ten of Pappies But I wold say I recond he did not mind it for he had a plenty more left and_then they would lean to me like a sore_eyd kitten to a basin of milk '' .
[ adjective ] lacking in mineral content or combustible material
"lean ore" "lean fuel"
[ adjective ] not profitable or prosperous
"a lean year"
[ noun ] Woman's first name, popularity rank in the U.S. is 3628
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 30093