lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
not profitable or prosperous; "a lean year"
lacking in mineral content or combustible material; "lean ore"; "lean fuel"
containing little excess; "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance"
rely on for support; "We can lean on this man"
the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical; "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
cause to lean or incline; "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
to incline or bend from a vertical position; "She leaned over the banister"
cause to lean to the side; "Erosion listed the old tree"
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 corpulenc
having low density; "rare gasses"; "lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air"
not widely distributed; "rare herbs"; "rare patches of green in the desert"
not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness; "a rare word"; "rare books"
(of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside; "rare roast beef"
recurring only at long intervals; "a rare appearance"; "total eclipses are rare events"
marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind; "what is so rare as a day in June"-J.R.Lowell; "a rare skill"; "an uncommon sense of humor"; "she was kind to an uncommon degree"