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  • n. The property of being lean, without excess or fat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or quality of being lean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being lean; poorness; meagerness.
  • n. Unproductiveness; emptiness.
  • n. Synonyms Spareness, lankness, gauntness, skinniness, poorness, emaciation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of having little body fat
  • n. the quality of being meager


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lean +‎ -ness


  • Every rib in the round body was discernible; yet the leanness was the healthful reduction so strained after in the palaestrae.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • Compare "leanness," that is, wasting destruction (Isa 10: 16) [Maurer].

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • However, despite this production's smooth scene-to-scene flow and relative "leanness", it, nevertheless, seems to beg for some scene trimming to get it reasonably below a three-hour evening.


  • The state ranks first for the "leanness" of its population and first for the ACT/SAT scores its high school graduates achieve.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • If you go back to 1982 we saw some incredible feats of 'getting things done' for example airborne early warning Sea King, containerised sea wolf, the overall logistic effort in assembling the task force, turning container ships into half carriers and a myriad of other feats of the unbelievableAre we actually capable of doing anything quickly these days given over regulation and all round 'leanness'

    Army Rumour Service

  • And so all of the gains - the employees who now have an opportunity to step up into new roles, the ability to add talent for some of our adapted vision, the 'leanness' of the business to grow much more effectively - come with the bittersweet knowledge that for some people, tonight is full of anger, fear, anxiety and sorrow.

    The BzzAgent Beelog

  • For all its leanness, Sperone Westwater offers a full range of experiences.

    New Gallery Elevates the Bowery

  • The weeding out of human souls, some for fatness and smiles, some for leanness and tears, is surely a heartless selective process -- as heartless as it is natural.


  • The threatened inundation of fat had subsided, and all his old-time Indian leanness and of muscle had returned.

    Chapter XXVI

  • Sometimes, in small places like Waihee, the path of his journey was marked afterward by leanness and famine.



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