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lean

  
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      vb   , leans, leaning, leaned, leant  
1    foll by: against, on, or upon   to rest or cause to rest against a support  
2    to incline or cause to incline from a vertical position  
3    intr; foll by: to or towards   to have or express a tendency or leaning  
4    lean over backwards  
Informal   to make a special effort, esp. in order to please  
      n  
5    the condition of inclining from a vertical position,   (See also)        lean on  
     (Old English hleonian, hlinian; related to Old High German hlinen, Latin clinare to incline)  
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adj.
belonging to same period;
n.
a sound (usually a song, jingle) that one hears mentally for a certain period of time
n.
Lesewut is a German word for "reading craze" (literally) used to describe a specific period in the intellectual history of Germany from the late eighteenth century onward.
n.
a website that did not undergo any change for a long period of time
[Comp.];[Slang]
n.
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.

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