What is lean?

  • (adj): Not profitable or prosperous.
    Example: "A lean year"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on lean:

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 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) ...
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 living mainly ...
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 ... 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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "lean":

  • (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
  • (verb): Cause to lean to the side.
    Synonyms: list
  • (adj): Lacking in mineral content or combustible material.
    Example: "Lean ore"; "lean fuel"
  • (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"
  • (verb): Cause to lean or incline.
    Example: "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
  • (adj): Containing little excess.
    Example: "A lean budget"
    Synonyms: skimpy
  • (verb): Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined.
    Synonyms: tend, be given, incline, run

Famous quotes containing the word lean:

    The lean cats of the arches of the churches,
    That’s the old world. In the new, all men are priests.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that
    is full of beads and receipts and dolls and cloths,
    tobacco crumbs, vases and fringes.
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)

    Now I am in the public house and lean upon the wall,
    So come in rags or come in silk, in cloak or country shawl,
    And come with learned lovers or with what men you may
    For I can put the whole lot down, and all I have to say
    Is fol de rol de rolly O.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)