Crossword clues for leant
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lean \Lean\ (l[=e]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leaned (l[=e]nd), sometimes Leant (l[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. Leaning.] [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlin[=o]n, D. leunen, OHG. hlin[=e]n, lin[=e]n, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. [root]40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]
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.''
To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; -- with to, toward, etc.
They delight rather to lean to their old customs.
To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on, upon, or against.
He leaned not on his fathers but himself.
vb. (context chiefly UK English) (en-past of: lean)
cause to lean or incline; "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
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" [syn: tend, be given, incline, run]
rely on for support; "We can lean on this man"
cause to lean to the side; "Erosion listed the old tree" [syn: list]
lacking in mineral content or combustible material; "lean ore"; "lean fuel" [ant: rich]
containing little excess; "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance" [syn: skimpy]
low in mineral content; "a lean ore"
not profitable or prosperous; "a lean year"
Usage examples of "leant".
Wells steered them up the stairs to the canteen, then leant over to Frost, lowering his voice.
He leant his head back on the cushion and closed his eyes for a second.
He leant over to help Liz, but she ignored him, insisting on climbing over on her own and then offering her hand to Burton who was making heavy weather of it.
Harding leant across and fast-forwarded the rest of the tape on cue and review.
He saw she was having trouble in striking a match, so leant across with his lighter.
Dunn looked round to make sure the door was shut, then leant across the desk to Frost, his voice lowered.
Frost leant over him and pointed to the near-naked girl on the settee, who was stroking her breasts with feathery fingers and grinning inanely.
He looked from side to side, as if checking on eavesdroppers, then leant over the table, lowering his voice.
Frost leant back and gazed up at the roof of the car for inspiration, but none came.
She leant forward with her elbow on the saddle and her chin in the small gauntletted hand, looked up the valley absently and then back at him, with a frank speculation in her eyes which was too frank and calm to be flattering, and was, indeed, somewhat embarrassing.
He leant against one of the posts which supported the shed, and gazed at her with more intense interest than any other woman had ever aroused in him.
But it was not her undeniable beauty, or her dress and costly jewellery, which impressed Stafford so much as the proud, scornfully listless air with which she regarded him as she leant back indolently--and a little insolently--tapping the edge of the table with her glove.
Sir Stephen closed the door after him, then went back to the smoking-room and stood looking down at Falconer, who leant back in his chair with his cigar in his mouth and eyed Sir Stephen under half-closed lids with an expression which had something of mastery and power in it.
He smiled and leant back as if he had considered her strange, audacious proposal, and felt confident.
She leant back with her sunshade over her shoulder, and Stafford, as he slipped off his blazer and rowed out towards the centre of the lake, looked at her with unconscious admiration.