leaning

Definitions

  • Two girls lean out of a window to feed birds
    Two girls lean out of a window to feed birds
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj leaning departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal "the leaning tower of Pisa","the headstones were tilted"
    • n leaning the act of deviating from a vertical position
    • n leaning 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"
    • n leaning a natural inclination "he has a proclivity for exaggeration"
    • n leaning an inclination to do something "he felt leanings toward frivolity"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Willie looks out of the window, leaning on his hands on the ledge Willie looks out of the window, leaning on his hands on the ledge
Bessie leans around the edge of the door Bessie leans around the edge of the door
Dad Leaned Against a Lamp Post and Scratched his Back 364 Dad Leaned Against a Lamp Post and Scratched his Back 364
So Straight he Leaned Backward 211 So Straight he Leaned Backward 211
A woman leans against a letter B A woman leans against a letter B
A man leans against a letter G A man leans against a letter G
An angel looks down, a smaller angel leans on her shoulder An angel looks down, a smaller angel leans on her shoulder
A woman leans against a wall that encases the Eigth stanza A woman leans against a wall that encases the Eigth stanza

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Leaning Tower of Pisa is 58.36 metres above the ground
    • n Leaning The act, or state, of inclining; inclination; tendency; as, a leaning towards Calvinism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are 293 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
    • n leaning Inclination of the mind; mental tendency; bias; bent.
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Better a lean agreement than a fat lawsuit.”
  • George Herbert
    George%20Herbert
    “A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much; such men are dangerous. [Julius Caesar]”
  • Socrates
    Socrates
    “The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.”
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund%20Burke
    “Laws, like houses, lean on one another.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “In case of doubt we should always lean on the side of mercy.”

Idioms

Lean and mean - An organisation that is lean and mean has no excess or unnecessary elements and is very competitive.
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Usage

In literature:

Finally, however, the last-named lady leaned past Mrs. Bean and touched Mrs.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
A girl with an exquisite flower-like face was leaning over the crimson rail, her gaze on his, fixed and intent.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
She looked up to see a tall boy leaning upon a rake, a boy with pale gray eyes, and an evil face.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Judith and Richard were left almost alone, Judith leaning against a white pillar, Cleave standing a step or two below her.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The flowers seemed to lean toward him, vibrating color and perfumes too delicate for me to hear.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
But Nicanor went to the window and opened the wooden shutter and leaned out.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
The lank man leaned forward and whispered some remonstrance in the ear of the young fellow, but his suggestion was waved aside.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Slowly she leaned forward and pressed a button.
"Prince or Chauffeur?" by Lawrence Perry
His chair creaked as he leaned forward and then slowly leaned back again.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He nodded as if to himself, and leaned toward Kano.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
Lean against the gate while I go.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Jack, bewildered, fascinated, stood leaning on his gun, watching every movement of the lithe figure before him.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
After a moment she leaned back in his arms.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
All of them were watching a lean, youthful man who sat ramrod straight in a chair.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Going as far as the wall to his left and leaning forward, Chris looked up toward M Street.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
Bullard, solid, stocky, red-faced, leaned on his bar and watched the busy room with pleased eyes.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
She leaned a little forward and looked into his face.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Is it leaning against the hard cushions of the carriage?
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
The judge leaned his elbows on the table and narrowed his eyes at Hollis.
"The Coming of the Law" by Charles Alden Seltzer
He was leaning very much toward her.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
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In poetry:

A NOTELESS stream, the Birchbrook runs
Beneath its leaning trees;
That low, soft ripple is its own,
That dull roar is the sea's.
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In vain the tempter spread his wiles,
The world no more could charm;
I lived upon my Saviour's smiles,
And leaned upon his arm.
"Oh That I Were As In Months Past!" by John Newton
The trees lean close, the owlets cry,
They wait the midnight swoon;
See! it is like a dead man’s eye,
The dim, the flying moon.
"And Ghosts Break Up Their Graves" by John Vance Cheney
The grass beneath her quickening feet
Rippled with silvery green once more,
And many a rill ran singing sweet
By many a leaning shore.
"The Visitor" by Clinton Scollard
And lo! she saw set a wedding feast,
And tall by her own love's side
There leaned a maiden, all young and fair,
Who never should be his bride.
"The Woman Who Went To Hell [An Irish Legend]" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Out of the west, where dusk,
From her rich windowsill,
Leaned with a wand of tusk,
Witch-like, and wood and hill
Phantomed with mist and musk.
"Clouds Of The Autumn Night" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

No matter how exacting the recipe or how careful the cook, the leanness of the meat dictated the texture.
Dees leans on Jasperse in first start.
Six weeks ago Jayrone Elliott developed into a model of reliability for his teammates to lean on when the temperature of a game reaches its highest point.
President Obama, Occupy protesters, and even the Muppets have been accused of communist leanings.
A conservative-leaning independent group is launching a $10 million television ad campaign saying President Barack Obama has not lived up to the expectations voters had for him.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. A conservative-leaning independent group is launching a $10 million television ad campaign saying President Barack Obama has not lived up to the expectations voters had for him.
Tommy Thompson has leaned right but at times moderated.
Brown, a lean 6-0 guard, is stronger than she looks and quicker than she has any right to be.
Pounds lean ground beef (93% lean).
Brown did not try to hide his Republican leanings, but he did stress his support for the issues important to the working people of Massachusetts.
The jury is said by the judge to be split 8-4, though it was not specified which way it is leaning.
Democrats are claiming that Republican-leaning organizations such as the US Chamber of Commerce aren't being open about campaign finance.
But left-leaning groups are just as secretive about donors, says Karl Rove.
Speakers to focus on sustainability in lean times.
Test & Inspection: Leak Test Process: Using Lean and 5S to Drive Manufacturing Process Improvements.
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In science:

This behavior might seem surprising at first sight, especially in silicon where the highly dispersive character of the valence bands leans heavily towards a delocalized (Bloch) description of the electrons rather than a localized one.
Self-interaction correction with Wannier functions
Turnbaugh P, Hamady M, Yatsunenko T, Cantarel B, Duncan A, Ley R, Sogin M, Jones W, Roe B, Affourtit J, et al.: A core gut microbiome in obese and lean twins.
pplacer: linear time maximum-likelihood and Bayesian phylogenetic placement of sequences onto a fixed reference tree
We found the lowest energy position of Pt at the hollow site over the Ti5c, leaned toward the nearest bridging oxygen, O1.
A theoretical analysis of small Pt particles on rutile TiO$_2$(110) surfaces
Dense fast random pro jections and lean Walsh transforms.
Randomized algorithms for matrices and data
In conclusion, we physically associate MDM32 with this cluster, and our favor leans toward the distance of 6.4 kpc that we estimated for the system.
Red Eyes on Wolf-Rayet Stars: 60 New Discoveries via Infrared Color Selection
Dense fast random pro jections and lean walsh transforms.
Recovering Optimal Solution by Dual Random Projection
The idea is that p prescribes how strongly the assignments that we work with lean toward the majority vote.
Going after the k-SAT Threshold
Shindell et al., 1999] Shindell, D., Rind, D., Balachandran, N., Lean, J., and Lonergan, P. (1999).
A selection of papers with some relevance to the investigation of the Sun-Climate link: Papers on Data, Methods and Commentary
White et al., 1997] White, W. B., Lean, J., Cayan, D. R., and Dettinger, M. D. (1997).
A selection of papers with some relevance to the investigation of the Sun-Climate link: Papers on Data, Methods and Commentary
In doing so we shall lean upon the following fact.
No time machines in classical general relativity
Several possible periods were found by C LEAN est method.
Optical Monitoring of 3C 390.3 from 1995 to 2004 and Possible Periodicities in the Historical Light Curve
Table 4: Periodic components given by the C LEAN est algorithm.
Optical Monitoring of 3C 390.3 from 1995 to 2004 and Possible Periodicities in the Historical Light Curve
In the C LEAN est spectrum, six C LEAN est frequency components (thick vertical lines) and the residual spectrum are shown, one C LEAN est component with a frequency of 1.53 yr−1 and an amplitude of 0.154 is off the figure.
Optical Monitoring of 3C 390.3 from 1995 to 2004 and Possible Periodicities in the Historical Light Curve
In the C LEAN est spectrum, six C LEAN est frequency components (thick vertical lines) and the residual spectrum are shown, one C LEAN est component with a frequency of 1.57 yr−1 , and an amplitude of 0.149 is off the figure.
Optical Monitoring of 3C 390.3 from 1995 to 2004 and Possible Periodicities in the Historical Light Curve
In the C LEAN est spectrum, seven C LEAN est frequency components are shown by thick vertical lines.
Optical Monitoring of 3C 390.3 from 1995 to 2004 and Possible Periodicities in the Historical Light Curve
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