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leaning (n.)

Old English hlininga; verbal noun from lean (v.). Figurative sense "inclination, tendency" is from 1580s. Related: Leanings.

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Definitions of leaning from WordNet
1
leaning (n.)
an inclination to do something;
he felt leanings toward frivolity
Synonyms: propensity / tendency
leaning (n.)
a natural inclination;
Synonyms: proclivity / propensity
leaning (n.)
the act of deviating from a vertical position;
leaning (n.)
the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical;
Synonyms: tilt / list / inclination / lean
2
leaning (adj.)
departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal;
the leaning tower of Pisa
Synonyms: atilt / canted / tilted / tipped
From wordnet.princeton.edu