Lean-to \Lean"-to`\, a. (Arch.) Having only one slope or pitch; -- said of a roof. [1913 Webster]

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  • Lean-to — n. 1. (Arch.) A shed or slight building placed against the wall of a larger structure and having a single pitched roof; called also {penthouse}, and {to fall}. [1913 Webster] The outer circuit was covered as a lean to, all round this inner apart …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lean-to — building whose rafters pitch against another building or wall, mid 15c., from LEAN (Cf. lean) (v.) + TO (Cf. to) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lean-to — [lēn′to͞o΄] n. pl. lean tos 1. a roof with a single slope, its upper edge abutting a wall or building 2. a shed with a one slope roof, the upper end of the rafters resting against an external support, such as trees or the wall of a building 3. a… …   English World dictionary

  • lean-to — lean ,to noun count a simple outdoor building or shelter that uses the side of another building as one of its walls and has a sloping roof: a lean to hut a. a simple outdoor shelter that stands alone and has a sloping roof …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lean-to — lean tos N COUNT A lean to is a building such as a shed or garage which is attached to one wall of a larger building, and which usually has a sloping roof …   English dictionary

  • lean-to — ► NOUN (pl. lean tos) ▪ a building sharing a wall with a larger building and having a roof that leans against that wall …   English terms dictionary

  • lean-to — n a small roughly made building that is built against the side of a larger building …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lean-to — lean′ to n. pl. tos 1) a shack or shed supported at one side by trees or posts and having an inclined roof 2) a roof of a single pitch with the higher end abutting a wall or larger building 3) a structure with such a roof • Etymology: 1425–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • Lean-to — A lean to is term used for two similar, yet different types of building. It can be a free standing structure of three walls and a sloping roof. The open side is sheltered away from the prevailing winds and rains. Often a rough structure made of… …   Wikipedia

  • lean-to — I. noun (plural lean tos) Date: 15th century 1. a wing or extension of a building having a lean to roof 2. a rough shed or shelter with a lean to roof II. adjective Date: 1649 having only one slope or pitch < a lean to roof > see roof… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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