1. (horseshoes) the throw of a horseshoe so as to lean against (but not encircle) the stake;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lean \Lean\ (l[=e]n), a. [Compar. Leaner (l[=e]n"[~e]r);
superl. Leanest.] [OE. lene, AS. hl[=ae]ne; prob. akin to
E. lean to incline. See Lean, v. i. ]
1. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; slim; not
plump; slender; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a
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.
Out of my lean and low ability
I'll lend you something. --Shak.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (horseshoes) the throw of a horseshoe so as to lean against
(but not encircle) the stake