(Leam) n. & v. i. See Leme. [Obs.] Holland.
(Leam), n. [See Leamer, Lien.] A cord or strap for leading a dog. Sir W. Scott.
(Leam"er) n. [F. limier, OF. liemier, fr. L. ligamen band, bandage. See Lien.] A dog held by
(Lean) v. t. [Icel. leyna; akin to G. läugnen to deny, AS. lygnian, also E. lie to speak falsely.]
To conceal. [Obs.] Ray.
(Lean) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leaned sometimes Leant (lent); p. pr. & vb. n. Leaning.] [OE. lenen,
AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlinon, D. leunen, OHG. hlinen, linen, G. lehnen, L. inclinare,
Gr. kli`nein , L. clivus hill, slope. &radic40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]
1. To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating; as,
she leaned out at the window; a leaning column. "He leant forward." Dickens.
2. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; with to, toward, etc.
They delight rather to lean to their old customs.Spenser.
3. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; with on, upon, or against.
He leaned not on his fathers but himself.Tennyson.
(Lean), v. t. [From Lean, v. i.; AS. hl&aemacrnan, v. t., fr. hleonian, hlinian, v. i.] To cause
to lean; to incline; to support or rest. Mrs. Browning.
His fainting limbs against an oak he leant.Dryden.
(Lean) a. [Compar. Leaner (len"er); superl. Leanest.] [OE. lene, AS. hl&aemacrne; prob. akin
to E. lean to incline. See Lean, v. i. ]
1. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.
2. Wanting fullness, richness, sufficiency, or productiveness; deficient in quality or contents; slender; scant; barren; bare; mean;
used literally and figuratively; as, the lean harvest; a lean purse; a lean discourse; lean wages. "No
lean wardrobe." Shak.
Their lean and flashy songs.Milton.
What the land is, whether it be fat or lean.Num. xiii. 20.
Out of my lean and low abilityShak.
I'll lend you something.
3. (Typog.) Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; opposed to
fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.
Syn. slender; spare; thin; meager; lank; skinny; gaunt.