Definition of lean-to in English:

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noun (plural lean-tos)

1A building sharing one wall with a larger building, and having a roof that leans against that wall: [as modifier]: a lean-to garage
More example sentences
  • The basic points to remember when building a lean-to green house is location and ventilation.
  • Most lean-tos still have a fire place close to the front for cooking and night time cheer.
  • One big advantage of the lean-to greenhouse is that you can connect it to your home by means of a communicating door.
1.1A temporary shelter, either supported or freestanding.
Example sentences
  • Every few hours, under hundreds of shanty tents and lean-tos scattered across the hills, they pour mercury from metal flasks into soil that they have dragged in sacks down rutted tracks behind bullocks.
  • So we've had people here for quite a while living in huts, lean-tos, wood cabins and split-level duplexes with Italian marble counters.
  • He fashioned a crude lean-to out of twigs and pitch, ensnared wild game in a hand-made wooden trap, and divined the coveted secret of fire.
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