Be in or move into a sloping position, eg: ‘He leaned back in his chair’; incline from the perpendicular and rest for support against (something), eg: ‘a man was leaning against the wall’
A deviation from the perpendicular; an inclination. Eg: ‘the vehicle has a definite lean to the left’
Rely on or derive support from. ‘they have learned to lean on each other for support’; put pressure on (someone) to act in a certain way. ‘a determination not to allow the majority to lean on the minority’
(of a person or animal) thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat.
‘his lean, muscular body’; ‘lean bacon’
i) (of an industry or company) efficient and with no wastage:
‘staff were pruned, ostensibly to produce a leaner and fitter organization’
ii) (of meat) containing little fat.
Offering little reward, substance, or nourishment; meagre. ‘the lean winter months’; ‘keep a small reserve to tide you over the lean years’
Zeitgeist ˈzʌɪtɡʌɪst/ noun: zeitgeist – the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. [Mid 19th century: from German Zeitgeist, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geist ‘spirit’] Click here for … Continue reading →
filibuster ˈfɪlɪbʌstə/ noun: filibuster; plural noun: filibusters 1. an action such as prolonged speaking which obstructs progress in a legislative assembly in a way that does not technically contravene the required procedures. Synonyms: delaying tactics, stonewalling, procrastination, obstruction, delaying, blocking, … Continue reading →
Clishmaclaver is currently reading Silver Skin, by Joan Lennon. An, “intriguing read spanning several genres which has been shortlisted for The Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017.” – The Scottish Book Trust. (The winner will be announced today, peeps, so watch this … Continue reading →
Concrete ˈkɒŋkriːt/ Adjective – Existing in a material or physical form; not abstract. Sample sentence: “concrete objects like stones” Synonyms: solid, material, real, physical, tangible, touchable, tactile, palpable, visible, existing “concrete objects” Noun – A building material made from … Continue reading →
1.verb To praise (a person or their achievements) highly. Use of ‘laud’ in a sentence: you can ‘laud’ someone but we more often speak of being ‘lauded’ – “the obituary lauded him as a great statesman and soldier” – that, … Continue reading →
/ˈvʌɪəb(ə)l/ adjective – capable of working successfully; feasible. “the proposed investment was economically viable” Synonyms: workable, feasible, practicable, practical, applicable, usable, manageable, operable, operational, possible, within the bounds/realms of possibility, within reach, within reason, likely, achievable, attainable, accomplishable, realisable, reasonable, … Continue reading →