It has now leant its name to a shadowy cabal known within the German meat-processing industry as the Atlantic group.
The Biennale is always quite intense and feverish, but that heat leant an extra intensity, leant a few extra degrees to the fever.
Almost 50 nations signed on to the so-called “coalition of the willing” and leant at least some small degree of support.
While many of these may have allowed Salt to blend in, they also leant a certain fashion cred to her style.
I leant against the wall and gasped for breath like a man struck silly.
He leant forward and brought his puzzled gaze to bear upon her.
They held each others' hands, and Maia leant her head on Silva's shoulder in perfect content.
He leant across the table and, pointing to the paper, said, "Are you using that?"
He leant forward with a deprecating gesture of his thin white hand.
He leaped up and ran to the top of the stairs and leant over the banisters.
c.1200, from Old English hleonian "to bend, recline, lie down, rest," from Proto-Germanic *khlinen (cf. Old Saxon hlinon, Old Frisian lena, Middle Dutch lenen, Dutch leunen, Old High German hlinen, German lehnen "to lean"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean, to incline" (cf. Sanskrit srayati "leans," sritah "leaning;" Old Persian cay "to lean;" Lithuanian slyti "to slope," slieti "to lean;" Latin clinare "to lean, bend," clivus "declivity," inclinare "cause to bend," declinare "bend down, turn aside;" Greek klinein "to cause to slope, slant, incline;" Old Irish cloin "crooked, wrong;" Middle Irish cle, Welsh cledd "left," literally "slanting;" Welsh go-gledd "north," literally "left" -- for similar sense evolution, see Yemen, Benjamin, southpaw).
Meaning "to incline the body against something for support" is mid-13c. Figurative sense of "to trust for support" is from early 13c. Sense of "to lean toward mentally, to favor" is from late 14c. Related: Leaned; leaning. Colloquial lean on "put pressure on" (someone) is first recorded 1960.
"thin, spare, with little flesh or fat," c.1200, from Old English hlæne "lean, thin," possibly from hlænan "cause to lean or bend," from Proto-Germanic *khlainijan, which would connect it to Old English hleonian (see lean (v.)). But perhaps rather, according to OED, from a PIE *qloinio- (cf. Lithuanian klynas "scrap, fragment," Lettish kleins "feeble"). Extended and figurative senses from early 14c. The noun meaning "lean animals or persons" is from c.1200, from the adjective.
"action or state of leaning," 1776, from lean (v.).