1. an inclination to do something;
- Example: "he felt leanings toward frivolity"
[syn: leaning, propensity, tendency]
2. a natural inclination;
- Example: "he has a proclivity for exaggeration"
[syn: proclivity, propensity, leaning]
3. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical;
- Example: "the tower had a pronounced tilt"
- Example: "the ship developed a list to starboard"
- Example: "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
[syn: tilt, list, inclination, lean, leaning]
4. the act of deviating from a vertical position;
1. departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal;
- Example: "the leaning tower of Pisa"
- Example: "the headstones were tilted"
[syn: atilt, canted, leaning, tilted, tipped]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; -- with to, toward, etc. [1913 Webster] They delight rather to lean to their old customs. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on, upon, or against. [1913 Webster] He leaned not on his fathers but himself. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Leaning \Lean"ing\, n. The act, or state, of inclining; inclination; tendency; as, a leaning towards Calvinism. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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