From (etyl) ; via Proto-Indo-European with climate, cline.
To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating.
To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; with to'', ''toward , etc.
* (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
To rest or rely, for support, comfort, etc.; with on'', ''upon'', or ''against .
- They delight rather to lean to their old customs.
* , chapter=23
- He leaned not on his fathers but himself.
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning
on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.}}
To hang outwards.
To press against.
* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
- His fainting limbs against an oak he leant .
* lean back
* lean on
From (etyl) .
(of a person or animal) slim; not fleshy.
(of meat) having little fat.
Having little extra or little to spare; scanty; meagre.
Of a fuel-air mixture, having more air than is necessary to burn all of the fuel; more air- or oxygen- rich than necessary for a stoichiometric reaction.
(printing, archaic) Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; opposed to fat.
- a lean''' budget; a '''lean harvest
- lean copy, matter, or type
* See also
To thin out (a fuel-air mixture): to reduce the fuel flow into the mixture so that there is more air or oxygen.
, author=Blaine and Dupont Miller
, title=Weather Hop
, magazine=Boy's Life
, publisher=Boy Scouts of America
, passage=He leaned
the mixture in an effort to cause a backfire through the carburetor, the generally accepted method of breaking the ice loose.
, author=Tom Benenson
, title=Can Your Engine Run Too Lean?
, passage=Even the Pilot's Operating Handbooks (POH) for our training airplanes add to our paranoia with their insistence that we not lean
the mixture until we're above 5000 feet density altitude.
Icelandic (leyna)?; akin to (etyl) word for "deny". Compare .
* Francis Bacon
- Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death.
- The sovereignty of man lieth hid in knowledge.