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:

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 ... 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 ...
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 ...
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 ... 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
... address the above problems and issues a Lean Laboratory uses Lean principles to eliminate waste or Muda (Japanese term) ...

More definitions of "lean":

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

Famous quotes containing the word lean:

    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)

    Study me then, you who shall lovers be
    At the next world, that is, at the next spring:
    For I am every dead thing,
    In whom love wrought new alchemy.
    For his art did express
    A quintessence even from nothingness,
    From dull privations, and lean emptiness:
    He ruined me, and I am re-begot
    Of absence, darkness, death: things which are not.
    John Donne (1572–1631)

    Of course, I love you;
    you lean above the plastic sky,
    god of our block, prince of all the foxes.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)