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"Lean"? Whadya mean?

I've noticed in written advice here and elsewhere that the word "lean" is used to describe three different actions:
1) Tilting the boat while keeping the upper body upright and centered over the boat.
2) Lowering the upper body towards the water while the boat stays level.
3) Tilting the body and the boat in the same direction.

Although it must be obvious from context to experienced paddlers which of these is meant, the word "lean" without specification can be confusing to those of us who are learning. Also, the use of terms like "towards" or "away from" to indicate the direction of lean can be vague.

The free advice here is greatly appreciated, but feel free to "dumb it down" for those of who are new to kayaking.

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