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 for leaning
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lean \Lean\ (l[=e]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leaned (l[=e]nd),
     sometimes Leant (l[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. Leaning.] [OE.
     lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlin[=o]n,
     D. leunen, OHG. hlin[=e]n, lin[=e]n, G. lehnen, L. inclinare,
     Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. [root]40. Cf.
     Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]
     1. To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to
        be in a position thus inclining or deviating; as, she
        leaned out at the window; a leaning column. "He leant
        forward." --Dickens.
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     2. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; --
        with to, toward, etc.
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              They delight rather to lean to their old customs.
                                                    --Spenser.
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     3. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; --
        with on, upon, or against.
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              He leaned not on his fathers but himself.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Leaning \Lean"ing\, n.
     The act, or state, of inclining; inclination; tendency; as, a
     leaning towards Calvinism.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  leaning
      adj 1: departing or being caused to depart from the true
             vertical or horizontal; "the leaning tower of Pisa"; "the
             headstones were tilted" [syn: atilt, canted,
             leaning, tilted, tipped]
      n 1: an inclination to do something; "he felt leanings toward
           frivolity" [syn: leaning, propensity, tendency]
      2: a natural inclination; "he has a proclivity for exaggeration"
         [syn: proclivity, propensity, leaning]
      3: 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" [syn: tilt, list,
         inclination, lean, leaning]
      4: the act of deviating from a vertical position

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  169 Moby Thesaurus words for "leaning":
     a thing for, affinity, an ear for, an eye for, angularity, animus,
     aptitude, aptness, aslant, aslope, atilt, bag, bent, bevel,
     beveled, bias, biased, cant, canted, canting, capacity for,
     careening, cast, character, chosen kind, conatus, conduciveness,
     constitution, cup of tea, delight, diathesis, discrimination,
     disposition, druthers, eagerness, eccentricity, fancy, fascination,
     favor, favoritism, feeling for, felicity, flair, forejudgment,
     genius for, gift for, grain, heeling, idiosyncrasy, ill-balanced,
     inclination, inclinational, inclinatory, inclined, inclining,
     individualism, inequality, innate aptitude, interest, involvement,
     jaundice, jaundiced eye, kidney, lean, leaning tower, liability,
     liking, list, listing, lopsided, make, makeup, mental set, mettle,
     mind, mind-set, mold, mutual affinity, mutual attraction, nature,
     nepotism, off-balance, one-sidedness, out of plumb, out of square,
     overbalanced, parti pris, partialism, partiality,
     particular choice, partisanism, partisanship, penchant,
     personal choice, pitch, pitched, preconception, predilection,
     predisposition, preference, preferential treatment, prejudgment,
     prejudice, prepossession, probability, proclivity, proneness,
     propensity, rake, raking, readiness, recumbent, sensitivity to,
     set, shelving, shelvy, sideling, sidelong, slant, slanted,
     slanting, slantways, slantwise, slope, sloped, sloping, soft spot,
     stamp, strain, streak, stripe, style, susceptibility, swag, sway,
     sympathy, taste, temper, temperament, tendency, tendent,
     tendential, tendentious, tending, thing, tilt, tilted, tilting,
     tip, tipped, tipping, tipsy, top-heavy, tower of Pisa, tropism,
     turn, turn for, turn of mind, twist, type, unbalanced,
     undetachment, undispassionateness, unneutrality, unstable,
     unsteady, warp, weakness, willingness
  
  

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