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Hold vs. Lean

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Holdverb

(transitive) To grasp or grip.

‘Hold the pencil like this.’;

Leanverb

To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating.

‘a leaning column’; ‘She leaned out of the window.’;

Holdverb

(transitive) To contain or store.

‘This package holds six bottles.’;

Leanverb

To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; with to, toward, etc.

‘I'm leaning towards voting Conservative in the next election.’;

Holdverb

(heading) To maintain or keep to a position or state.

Leanverb

To rest or rely, for support, comfort, etc.; with on, upon, or against.

Holdverb

(transitive) To have and keep possession of something.

‘Hold my coat for me.’; ‘The general ordered the colonel to hold his position at all costs.’;

Leanverb

To hang outwards.

Holdverb

(transitive) To reserve.

‘Hold a table for us at 7:00.’;

Leanverb

To press against.

Holdverb

(transitive) To cause to wait or delay.

‘Hold the elevator.’;

Leanverb

To thin out (a fuel-air mixture): to reduce the fuel flow into the mixture so that there is more air or oxygen.

Holdverb

(transitive) To detain.

‘Hold the suspect in this cell.’;

Leanverb

To conceal.

Holdverb

(intransitive) To be or remain valid; to apply (usually in the third person).

‘to hold true;’; ‘The proposition holds.’;

Leannoun

(of an object taller than its width and depth) An inclination away from the vertical.

‘The trees had various leans toward gaps in the canopy.’;

Holdverb

To keep oneself in a particular state.

‘to hold firm;’; ‘to hold opinions’;

Leannoun

Meat with no fat on it.

Holdverb

(transitive) To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.

Leannoun

A recreational drug based on codeine-laced promethazine cough syrup, popular in the hip hop community in the southeastern United States.

Holdverb

(transitive) To bear, carry, or manage.

‘He holds himself proudly erect.’; ‘Hold your head high.’;

Leanadjective

(of a person or animal) Slim; not fleshy.

Holdverb

Not to move; to halt; to stop.

Leanadjective

(of meat) Having little fat.

‘lean steak cuts’;

Holdverb

(intransitive) Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.

Leanadjective

Having little extra or little to spare; scanty; meagre.

‘a lean budget’; ‘a lean harvest’;

Holdverb

To remain continent; to control an excretory bodily function.

‘to hold one's bladder;’; ‘to hold one's breath’;

Leanadjective

Having a low proportion or concentration of a desired substance or ingredient.

‘A lean ore hardly worth mining.’; ‘Running on too lean a fuel-air mixture will cause, among other problems, your internal combustion engine to heat up too much.’;

Holdverb

(heading) To maintain or keep to particular opinions, promises, actions.

Leanadjective

Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; opposed to fat.

‘lean copy, matter, or type’;

Holdverb

(transitive) To maintain, to consider, to opine.

Leanadjective

(business) Efficient, economic, frugal, agile, slimmed-down; pertaining to the modern industrial principles of "lean manufacturing"

‘lean management’; ‘lean manufacturing’; ‘Alcoa is now a lean and agile enterprise, after having split last year into two entities.’;

Holdverb

(transitive) To bind (someone) to a consequence of his or her actions.

‘He was held responsible for the actions of those under his command.’; ‘I'll hold him to that promise.’;

Leanverb

To conceal.

Holdverb

To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.

Leanverb

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.

Holdverb

To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.

Leanverb

To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; - with to, toward, etc.

‘They delight rather to lean to their old customs.’;

Holdverb

(archaic) To restrain oneself; to refrain; to hold back.

Leanverb

To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; - with on, upon, or against.

‘He leaned not on his fathers but himself.’;

Holdverb

To win one's own service game.

Leanverb

To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.

‘His fainting limbs against an oak he leant.’;

Holdverb

To take place, to occur.

Leanadjective

Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; slim; not plump; slender; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.

Holdverb

To organise an event or meeting (usually in passive voice).

‘Elections will be held on the first Sunday of next month.’;

Leanadjective

Wanting fullness, richness, sufficiency, or productiveness; deficient in quality or contents; slender; scant; barren; bare; mean; - used literally and figuratively; as, the lean harvest; a lean purse; a lean discourse; lean wages.

‘Their lean and flashy songs.’; ‘What the land is, whether it be fat or lean.’; ‘Out of my lean and low abilityI'll lend you something.’;

Holdverb

(archaic) To derive right or title.

Leanadjective

Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; - opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.

Holdnoun

A grasp or grip.

‘Keep a firm hold on the handlebars.’;

Leannoun

That part of flesh which consists principally of muscle without the fat.

‘The fat was so white and the lean was so ruddy.’;

Holdnoun

A place where animals are held for safety

Leannoun

Unremunerative copy or work.

Holdnoun

An order that something is to be reserved or delayed, limiting or preventing how it can be dealt with.

‘Senator X placed a hold on the bill, then went to the library and placed a hold on a book.’;

Leannoun

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’;

Holdnoun

Something reserved or kept.

‘We have a hold here for you.’;

Leanverb

to incline or bend from a vertical position;

‘She leaned over the banister’;

Holdnoun

Power over someone or something.

Leanverb

cause to lean or incline;

‘He leaned his rifle against the wall’;

Holdnoun

The ability to persist.

Leanverb

have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined;

‘She tends to be nervous before her lectures’; ‘These dresses run small’; ‘He inclined to corpulence’;

Holdnoun

The property of maintaining the shape of styled hair.

Leanverb

rely on for support;

‘We can lean on this man’;

Holdnoun

(wrestling) A position or grip used to control the opponent.

‘He got him in a tight hold and pinned him to the mat.’;

Leanverb

cause to lean to the side;

‘Erosion listed the old tree’;

Holdnoun

(exercise) An exercise involving holding a position for a set time

Leanadjective

lacking excess flesh;

‘you can't be too rich or too thin’; ‘Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look’;

Holdnoun

(gambling) The percentage the house wins on a gamble, the house or bookmaker's hold.

‘The House Hold on the game is 10,000, this is the amount of decision or risk the house wishes to assume.’;

Leanadjective

lacking in mineral content or combustible material;

‘lean ore’; ‘lean fuel’;

Holdnoun

(gambling) The wager amount, the total hold.

‘As of Monday night the total Melbourne Cup hold was $848,015’;

Leanadjective

containing little excess;

‘a lean budget’; ‘a skimpy allowance’;

Holdnoun

(tennis) An instance of holding one's service game, as opposed to being broken.

Leanadjective

low in mineral content;

‘a lean ore’;

Holdnoun

The part of an object one is intended to grasp, or anything one can use for grasping with hands or feet.

Leanadjective

not profitable or prosperous;

‘a lean year’;

Holdnoun

A fruit machine feature allowing one or more of the reels to remain fixed while the others spin.

Leanverb

be in or move into a sloping position

‘he leaned back in his chair’;

Holdnoun

A pause facility.

Leanverb

incline from the perpendicular and rest for support against (something)

‘a man was leaning against the wall’;

Holdnoun

The queueing system on telephones and similar communication systems which maintains a connection when all lines are busy.

Leanverb

cause something to rest against

‘he leaned his elbows on the table’;

Holdnoun

(baseball) A statistic awarded to a relief pitcher who is not still pitching at the end of the game and who records at least one out and maintains a lead for his team.

Leannoun

a deviation from the perpendicular; an inclination

‘the vehicle has a definite lean to the left’;

Holdnoun

The cargo area of a ship or aircraft, (often cargo hold).

‘Put that in the hold.’;

Leannoun

the lean part of meat

‘the man who eats no fat and the wife who eats no lean’;

Holdadjective

(obsolete) Gracious; friendly; faithful; true.

Leanadjective

(of a person or animal) thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat

‘his lean, muscular body’;

Holdnoun

The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.

Leanadjective

(of meat) containing little fat

‘lean bacon’;

Holdnoun

The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; grip; possession; - often used with the verbs take and lay.

‘Ne have I not twelve pence within mine hold.’; ‘Thou should'st lay hold upon him.’; ‘My soul took hold on thee.’; ‘Take fast hold of instruction.’;

Leanadjective

(of an industry or company) efficient and with no wastage

‘staff were pruned, ostensibly to produce a leaner and fitter organization’;

Holdnoun

The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.

‘The law hath yet another hold on you.’;

Leanadjective

offering little reward, substance, or nourishment; meagre

‘the lean winter months’; ‘keep a small reserve to tide you over the lean years’;

Holdnoun

Binding power and influence.

‘Fear . . . by which God and his laws take the surest hold of.’;

Leanadjective

(of a vaporized fuel mixture) having a high proportion of air

‘lean air-to-fuel ratios’;

Holdnoun

Something that may be grasped; means of support.

‘If a man be upon an high place without rails or good hold, he is ready to fall.’;

Holdnoun

A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.

‘They . . . put them in hold unto the next day.’; ‘King Richard, he is in the mighty holdOf Bolingbroke.’;

Holdnoun

A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; - often called a stronghold.

‘New comers in an ancient hold’;

Holdnoun

A character [thus ] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; - called also pause, and corona.

Holdverb

To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep in the grasp; to retain.

‘The loops held one curtain to another.’; ‘Thy right hand shall hold me.’; ‘They all hold swords, being expert in war.’; ‘In vain he seeks, that having can not hold.’; ‘France, thou mayst hold a serpent by the tongue, . . . A fasting tiger safer by the tooth,Than keep in peace that hand which thou dost hold.’;

Holdverb

To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.

‘We mean to hold what anciently we claimOf deity or empire.’;

Holdverb

To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.

‘This noble merchant held a noble house.’; ‘Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute.’; ‘And now the strand, and now the plain, they held.’;

Holdverb

To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.

‘We can not hold mortality's strong hand.’; ‘Death! what do'st? O, hold thy blow.’; ‘He had not sufficient judgment and self-command to hold his tongue.’;

Holdverb

To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.

‘Hold not thy peace, and be not still.’; ‘Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost,Shall hold their course.’;

Holdverb

To prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring about officially; to conduct or preside at; as, the general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a clergyman holds a service.

‘I would hold more talk with thee.’;

Holdverb

To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain; to have capacity or containing power for.

‘Broken cisterns that can hold no water.’; ‘One sees more devils than vast hell can hold.’;

Holdverb

To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.

‘Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have been taught.’; ‘But still he held his purpose to depart.’;

Holdverb

To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.

‘I hold him but a fool.’; ‘I shall never hold that man my friend.’; ‘The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.’;

Holdverb

To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high.

‘Let him hold his fingers thus.’; ‘O, fie! to receive favors, return falsehoods,And hold a lady in hand.’;

Holdverb

In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:

Holdverb

Not to move; to halt; to stop; - mostly in the imperative.

‘And damned be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!"’;

Holdverb

Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.

‘Our force by land hath nobly held.’;

Holdverb

Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.

‘While our obedience holds.’; ‘The rule holds in land as all other commodities.’;

Holdverb

Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave; - often with with, to, or for.

‘He will hold to the one and despise the other.’;

Holdverb

To restrain one's self; to refrain.

‘His dauntless heart would fain have heldFrom weeping, but his eyes rebelled.’;

Holdverb

To derive right or title; - generally with of.

‘My crown is absolute, and holds of none.’; ‘His imagination holds immediately from nature.’;

Holdnoun

the act of grasping;

‘he released his clasp on my arm’; ‘he has a strong grip for an old man’; ‘she kept a firm hold on the railing’;

Holdnoun

understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something;

‘he has a good grasp of accounting practices’;

Holdnoun

power by which something or someone is affected or dominated;

‘he has a hold over them’;

Holdnoun

time during which some action is awaited;

‘instant replay caused too long a delay’; ‘he ordered a hold in the action’;

Holdnoun

a state of being confined (usually for a short time);

‘his detention was politically motivated’; ‘the prisoner is on hold’; ‘he is in the custody of police’;

Holdnoun

a stronghold

Holdnoun

a cell in a jail or prison

Holdnoun

the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it;

‘he grabbed the hammer by the handle’; ‘it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip’;

Holdnoun

the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

Holdverb

organize or be responsible for;

‘hold a reception’; ‘have, throw, or make a party’; ‘give a course’;

Holdverb

keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,

‘keep clean’; ‘hold in place’; ‘She always held herself as a lady’; ‘The students keep me on my toes’;

Holdverb

have or hold in one's hands or grip;

‘Hold this bowl for a moment, please’; ‘A crazy idea took hold of him’;

Holdverb

to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement;

‘This holds the local until the express passengers change trains’; ‘About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade’; ‘The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center’; ‘The terrorists held the journalists for ransom’;

Holdverb

have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices;

‘She bears the title of Duchess’; ‘He held the governorship for almost a decade’;

Holdverb

have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense;

‘She has $1,000 in the bank’; ‘He has got two beautiful daughters’; ‘She holds a Master's degree from Harvard’;

Holdverb

keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view;

‘take for granted’; ‘view as important’; ‘hold these truths to be self-evident’; ‘I hold him personally responsible’;

Holdverb

contain or hold; have within;

‘The jar carries wine’; ‘The canteen holds fresh water’; ‘This can contains water’;

Holdverb

lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits;

‘moderate your alcohol intake’; ‘hold your tongue’; ‘hold your temper’; ‘control your anger’;

Holdverb

remain in a certain state, position, or condition;

‘The weather held’; ‘They held on the road and kept marching’;

Holdverb

maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings);

‘bear a grudge’; ‘entertain interesting notions’; ‘harbor a resentment’;

Holdverb

assert or affirm;

‘Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good’;

Holdverb

remain committed to;

‘I hold to these ideas’;

Holdverb

secure and keep for possible future use or application;

‘The landlord retained the security deposit’; ‘I reserve the right to disagree’;

Holdverb

be the physical support of; carry the weight of;

‘The beam holds up the roof’; ‘He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam’; ‘What's holding that mirror?’;

Holdverb

hold the attention of;

‘The soprano held the audience’; ‘This story held our interest’; ‘She can hold an audience spellbound’;

Holdverb

keep from exhaling or expelling;

‘hold your breath’;

Holdverb

support or hold in a certain manner;

‘She holds her head high’; ‘He carried himself upright’;

Holdverb

have room for; hold without crowding;

‘This hotel can accommodate 250 guests’; ‘The theater admits 300 people’; ‘The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people’;

Holdverb

be capable of holding or containing;

‘This box won't take all the items’; ‘The flask holds one gallon’;

Holdverb

be valid, applicable, or true;

‘This theory still holds’;

Holdverb

take and maintain control over, often by violent means;

‘The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week’;

Holdverb

protect against a challenge or attack;

‘Hold that position behind the trees!’; ‘Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks’;

Holdverb

declare to be;

‘She was declared incompetent’; ‘judge held that the defendant was innocent’;

Holdverb

have as a major characteristic;

‘The novel holds many surprises’; ‘The book holds in store much valuable advise’;

Holdverb

cause to stop;

‘Halt the engines’; ‘Arrest the progress’; ‘halt the presses’;

Holdverb

bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted;

‘He's held by a contract’; ‘I'll hold you by your promise’;

Holdverb

cover as for protection against noise or smell;

‘She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate’; ‘hold one's nose’;

Holdverb

drink alcohol without showing ill effects;

‘He can hold his liquor’; ‘he had drunk more than he could carry’;

Holdverb

be pertinent or relevant or applicable;

‘The same laws apply to you!’; ‘This theory holds for all irrational numbers’; ‘The same rules go for everyone’;

Holdverb

arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance;

‘reserve me a seat on a flight’; ‘The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family’; ‘please hold a table at Maxim's’;

Holdverb

resist or confront with resistance;

‘The politician defied public opinion’; ‘The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear’; ‘The bridge held’;

Holdverb

keep from departing;

‘Hold the taxi’; ‘Hold the horse’;

Holdverb

stop dealing with;

‘hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting’;

Holdverb

aim, point, or direct;

‘Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames’;

Holdverb

be in accord; be in agreement;

‘We agreed on the terms of the settlement’; ‘I can't agree with you!’; ‘I hold with those who say life is sacred’; ‘Both philosophers concord on this point’;

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