What is lean?

  • (adj): Lacking in mineral content or combustible material.
    Example: "Lean ore"; "lean fuel"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on lean:

Lean Six Sigma
... Lean Six Sigma is a managerial concept combining Lean and Six Sigma that results in the elimination of the seven kinds of wastes/muda (classified as Transportation, Inventory, Motion, Waiting ... The Lean Six Sigma concepts were first published in the book titled "Lean Six Sigma Combining Six Sigma with Lean Speed" authored by Michael George in 2002 ... Lean Six Sigma utilises the DMAIC phases similar to that of Six Sigma ...
Lean Laboratory - Implementing Lean in The Lab
... To address the above problems and issues a Lean Laboratory uses Lean principles to eliminate waste or Muda (Japanese term) ...
Computer-aided Lean Management - Overview
... Computer-Aided Lean Management (CALM) is a management philosophy that uses computational software in an integrated fashion to reduce risk and drive out inefficiencies ... This unique integration of software applications using lean principles was developed in the aerospace industry and has migrated to the energy industry ... Integration enables lean uses of information for the creation of actionable knowledge ...
Lean - Other
... Sir David Lean, English film director, producer and editor Le'an County, in Jiangxi, China Louisiana Environmental Action Network Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush), a freshwater char ...
Lean Laboratory
... A lean laboratory is one which is focused on testing products and materials to deliver results in the most efficient way in terms of cost or speed or both ... Lean laboratory is a management and organization process derived from Lean Manufacturing and the Toyota Production System (TPS) ... The goal of a Lean laboratory is to use less effort, fewer resources, and less time to test incoming samples ...

More definitions of "lean":

  • (verb): Cause to lean or incline.
    Example: "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
  • (verb): Rely on for support.
    Example: "We can lean on this man"
  • (adj): Not profitable or prosperous.
    Example: "A lean year"
  • (verb): Cause to lean to the side.
    Synonyms: list
  • (verb): To incline or bend from a vertical position.
    Synonyms: tilt, tip, slant, angle
  • (verb): Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined.
    Synonyms: tend, be given, incline, run
  • (adj): Lacking excess flesh.
    Example: "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
    Synonyms: thin
  • (adj): Low in mineral content.
    Example: "A lean ore"
  • (adj): Containing little excess.
    Example: "A lean budget"
    Synonyms: skimpy

Famous quotes containing the word lean:

    On no work of words now for three lean months in the bloody
    Belly of the rich year and the big purse of my body
    I bitterly take to task my poverty and craft....
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    What is the waiting head doing? It looks the same.
    Will it lean forward as I turn to go?
    I think I can hear it call to me below
    but no one came no one came.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)

    Riot in Algeria, in Cyprus, in Alabama;
    Aged in wrong, the empires are declining,
    And China gathers, soundlessly, like evidence.
    What shall I say to the young on such a morning?—
    Mind is the one salvation?—also grammar?—
    No; my little ones lean not toward revolt.
    William Dewitt Snodgrass (b. 1926)