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Definitions of lead

  1. To go before and show the way; to go first; to conduct, as a chief or commander; to draw; to have a tendency to; to exercise dominion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To cover, fasten, fit, or fill up with lead; supply with leads, as type. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact connection; as, a father leads a child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a blind man. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, esp. by going with or going in advance of. Hence, figuratively: To direct; to counsel; to instruct; as, to lead a traveler; to lead a pupil. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or charge of; as, to lead an army, an exploring party, or a search; to lead a political party. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be foremost or chief among; as, the big sloop led the fleet of yachts; the Guards led the attack; Demosthenes leads the orators of all ages. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure; as, to lead one to espouse a righteous cause. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To guide or conduct one's self in, through, or along (a certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to cause (one) to proceed or follow in (a certain course). Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To tend or reach in a certain direction, or to a certain place; as, the path leads to the mill; gambling leads to other vices. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To cover, fit, or join with lead; in printing, to place thin metal strips between the lines of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To conduct by the hand; as, to lead a little child; show the way to; guide by advice; to have the direction or control of; as, to lead an army; to go ahead of; to be first among; as, to lead one's class; induce; spend; as, to lead an unhappy life; to begin a game by playing (a cetrain card). The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To cover or fit with lead: (print.) to separate lines with leads. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To show the way by going first: to guide by the hand: to direct: to precede: to allure. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. To cover or fit with lead. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. To go before, as a guide; conduct; precede. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. To guide by going before; precede; conduct; induce. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preeminence; to be first or chief; - used in most of the senses of lead, v. t. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To take the first place; act as a guide, director, etc.; to take a course; as, the path leads through the woods; to conduct; as, the broad way leads to destruction; play the first card or domino. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. To go before and show the way: to have a tendency: to exercise dominion:-pr.p. leading; pa.t. and pa.p. led. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. pass or spend; "lead a good life" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. result in; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. To act as guide; extend or reach. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. To cover with lead; to fit with lead; to widen the space between lines by inserting a lead or thin plate of type-metal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. To guide by the hand; to guide by showing the way; to conduct; to direct; to govern; to precede; to allure; to induce; to prevail on; to spend. To lead astray, to guide in a wrong way or into error. To lead captive, to carry into captivity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. To cover with lead; in printing, to widen the spaces between the lines by inserting leads, or slips of type-metal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. To guide; to conduct; to go before to show the way; to have a tendency to; to spend or use, as to spend a pleasant life or day; to draw; to entice; to induce. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. Leading. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  32. Sheets of lead for covering roofs; a flat roof so covered. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray; "the children were playing with lead soldiers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  34. an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  35. a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  36. the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; "the lead was in the dummy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  37. a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead'); "he takes the lead in any group"; "we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; "they didn't follow our lead" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  38. mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  39. the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  40. an advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  41. a news story of major importance Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  42. (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; "he took a long lead off first" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  43. an actor who plays a principal role Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  44. An article made of lead or an alloy of lead Webster Dictionary DB
  45. A plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs; hence, pl., a roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. A small cylinder of black lead or plumbago, used in pencils. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. precedence; advance position; also, the measure of precedence; as, the white horse had the lead; a lead of a boat's length, or of half a second. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. The act or right of playing first in a game or round; the card suit, or piece, so played; as, your partner has the lead. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. An open way in an ice field. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. A lode. Webster Dictionary DB
  54. The course of a rope from end to end. Webster Dictionary DB
  55. The width of port opening which is uncovered by the valve, for the admission or release of steam, at the instant when the piston is at end of its stroke. Webster Dictionary DB
  56. the distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment. Webster Dictionary DB
  57. The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. The announcement by one voice part of a theme to be repeated by the other parts. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. A mark or a short passage in one voice part, as of a canon, serving as a cue for the entrance of others. Webster Dictionary DB
  60. The excess above a right angle in the angle between two consecutive cranks, as of a compound engine, on the same shaft. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. In spiral screw threads, worm wheels, or the like, the amount of advance of any point in the spiral for a complete turn. Webster Dictionary DB
  62. A conductor conveying electricity, as from a dynamo. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. The angle between the line joining the brushes of a continuous-current dynamo and the diameter symmetrical between the poles. Webster Dictionary DB
  64. The advance of the current phase in an alternating circuit beyond that of the electromotive force producing it. Webster Dictionary DB
  65. A rle for a leading man or leading woman; also, one who plays such a rle. Webster Dictionary DB
  66. A soft, heavy, bluish-gray metal; a weight attached to a rope for sounding depths at sea; a thin strip of metal for separating lines of type in printing; a stick of graphite or black carbon used in pencils. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  67. Guidance; first place or position; in games, the right to play first or the play made. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  68. A well-known metal of a bluish-white color: the plummet for sounding at sea: a thin plate of lead separating lines of type:-pl. a flat roof covered with lead. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  69. First place: precedence: direction: guidance. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  70. A soft heavy metal. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  71. Precedence; guidance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  72. Position in advance; priority; guidance; command. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  73. A soft, heavy, bluish - gray metal; some leaden object, as a thin slip to separate lines of type, a sinker, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  74. Graphite. black lead. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  75. A well-known metal of a dull fluish-gray colour; a plummet, used in sounding at sea; a thin plate of metal, to separate lines in printing; a small stick of plumbago used in pencils. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  76. First place; precedence; guidance. To lead off or out, to begin. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  77. A soft metal of a bluish-grey colour; the plummet or piece of lead attached to a long string or cord, used in sounding at sea; a slip of type-metal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  78. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of in printing Wordnet Dictionary DB
  79. the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  80. cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  81. lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  82. travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  83. be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  84. tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  85. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life". Wordnet Dictionary DB
  86. lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  87. cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  88. be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  89. One of the elements, a heavy, pliable, inelastic metal, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished. It is both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity, and is used for tubes, sheets, bullets, etc. Its specific gravity is 11.37. It is easily fusible, forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic weight, 206.4. Symbol Pb (L. Plumbum). It is chiefly obtained from the mineral galena, lead sulphide. Webster Dictionary DB
  90. In an internal-combustion engine, the distance, measured in actual length of piston stroke or the corresponding angular displacement of the crank, of the piston from the end of the compression stroke when ignition takes place; -- called in full lead of the ignition. When ignition takes place during the working stroke the corresponding distance from the commencement of the stroke is called negative lead. Webster Dictionary DB
  91. Leaden, of, or like, lead. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  92. Made or consisting of lead. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  93. Led. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for lead

  1. Lead me to thy master and mine. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  2. I will lead thy horse, and do thou lead my lady." – Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock
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