[ leen-too ]
/ ˈlinˌtu /
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noun, plural lean-tos.
a shack or shed supported at one side by trees or posts and having an inclined roof.
a roof of a single pitch with the higher end abutting a wall or larger building.
a structure with such a roof.
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Origin of lean-to
1425–75; late Middle English; noun use of verb phrase lean to
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How to use lean-to in a sentence
The camp was simply a shed or leanto, open on one side, and in front of this shed the fire was built of beech and maple logs.Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper|Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
Be careful not to set the leanto on fire with the sparks from your camp fire.
With this kind of a fire and with a leanto, it is possible to keep warm in the woods, on the coldest, night in winter.
This is the way to build a brush leanto: First cut two sticks and drive them into the ground.
An open window, a leanto roof, a trellis and a high fence,—no decent prisoner could help escaping.Stage-coach and Tavern Days|Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for lean-to
noun plural -tos
a roof that has a single slope with its upper edge adjoining a wall or building
a shed or outbuilding with such a roof
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