• Two girls lean out of a window to feed birds
    Two girls lean out of a window to feed birds
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n leanness the property of having little body fat
    • n leanness the quality of being meager "an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes"-George Eliot"
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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: There are 293 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
    • n Leanness The condition or quality of being lean.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Don Mac Lean's song "American Pie" was written about Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), who all died in the same plane crash.
    • n leanness The condition or quality of being lean; poorness; meagerness.
    • n leanness Unproductiveness; emptiness.
    • n leanness Synonyms Spareness, lankness, gauntness, skinniness, poorness, emaciation.
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  • Edmund Burke
    “Laws, like houses, lean on one another.”
  • Stephen R. Covey
    “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “In case of doubt we should always lean on the side of mercy.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.”
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher
    Dorothy Canfield Fisher
    “A mother is not a person to lean on but person to make leaning unnecessary.”
  • Sir Richard Burton
    Sir Richard Burton
    “They lard their lean books with the fat of others work.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hlǣnnes,


In literature:

Merryon leaned back in his chair, watching her.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
She leaned back in her seat and pulled her veil down.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
I leaned over and quickly kissed her on the cheek.
"The Colonel of the Red Huzzars" by John Reed Scott
My brother lighted his pipe, and leaned back in his chair, and looked at me.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
Ella leaned over and kissed her hostess.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He was a quiet, rather untalkative man, lean and sinewy, sun and wind bitten.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Mrs. Edgham extended a lean, sallow hand and felt of the dainty fabric.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The dishes were cleared away and piled in the lean-to.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
Ellen lay winking at it when Cynthia Lennox came into the room and leaned over her.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She leaned back so that she might look into his eyes.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck

In poetry:

The phantom mist, that is moonbeam-kissed,
On hills where the trees are thinned,
When Autumn leans at the oak-root's scarp,
Playing a harp
Of wind.
"A Threnody" by Madison Julius Cawein
The spirits of the forest,
That live in every spring--
I lean above the brook's bright blue
And wonder what it is they do
That makes the water sing.
"Wood-Words" by Madison Julius Cawein
He came still closer, leaned on my trunk:
the bark thrilled like a leaf still-folded.
Music! there was no twig of me not
trembling with joy and fear.
"A Tree Telling Of Orpheus" by Denise Levertov
While I listened, like young birds,
Hints were fluttering; almost words,—­
Leaned and leaned, and nearer came;—­
Everything had changed its name.
"Contrasted Songs: A Lily And The Lute" by Jean Ingelow
And while she leaned and while I heard
Our dumb eyes dared not meet for shame,
Our hearts within us sickly stirred,
Our limbs ran wax before the flame.
"The Flower Of Flame" by Robert Nichols
And lean'd her head against the vine,
With quick'ning sobs of silent bliss,
Till Abner cried, "You must be mine,
You must,"—and seal'd it with a kiss.
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

Together, they teach viewers how to choose and cook the best cuts of meat, from tender to lean.
Atlanta's Freddie Freeman leans over the railing to make a catch of a foul ball against the Rockies at Turner Field on Monday.
As we were saying goodbye, he started to lean in and I knew what was coming.
Senate Race Finds Democrat Heitkamp Surprisingly Close in the Right-Leaning State Where Romney Is a Heavy Favorite.
It was a foggy Halloween night in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, and I was leaning against the bar in a pub off High Street crowded with locals turned out in every sort of crazy costume.
WASHINGTON — A UN commission has approved an international standard for the veterinary drug ractopamine, a feed additive to promote leanness in pigs.
At age 56, Jay Walker still has the lean build of a sprinter.
I've come across more than a few people -- and received more than a few emails -- asking me,"Aren't you talking about LEAN.".
And Chad Lavin was leaning back in his chair, while fiddling with a water bottle.
(WBEN) Rather than rely on shifting polls and swing state numbers, University at Buffalo political science professor James Campbell leans on current conditions and past history to develop a forecast of the election outcome.
A Brief Guide to HGH Enhancement Supplements, the Current Rage in Anti-Aging, Longevity, Building Lean Body Mass, and Rejuvenating Sexual Potency.
Romney Leaning on Ex-Akin Gump Associate for VP Vetting.
What's more, in the 1992 election, all three who were up for the top job leaned to the left: Bush the first, Clinton and Ross Perot.
Designed for complex assembly and lean manufacturing cells requiring short runs and press forces up to 900 lbs.
Ever wonder how Heidi Klum gets those long lean legs.

In science:

The Watts-Strogatz model for small-world graphs interprets a small-world network as a hybrid between a completely ordered ring lattice (wreath) and a completely random graph, leaning closer to the lattice.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
For simplicity, in this work we assume all datasets are already lean, i.e. (for simple RDF graphs) this means they do not have redundancies, which as is proved in , ensures that the property that for all patterns and datasets, if D ≡ D ′ then [[P ]]D = [[P ]]D′ .
Semantics and Complexity of SPARQL
Mono tone one-in-three 3-SAT is a variant of the boo lean satisfiab i l i ty prob lem where each clause has on ly three l i tera ls and those l i tera ls are no t negated.
The Hidden Subgroup Problem
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
Leaning on Feller (1971) we call t∗ = t∗ (t) the “directing process”.
Subordination Pathways to Fractional Diffusion