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  1. 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
  2. preside over; "John moderated the discussion" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. pass or spend; "lead a good life" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; "the lead was in the dummy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. an advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. a news story of major importance Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. (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
  18. the introductory section of a story; "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. move ahead (of others) in time or space Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. an actor who plays a principal role Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. result in; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of in printing Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. 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
  24. cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  29. 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
  30. lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  31. cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  32. be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  33. 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
  34. An article made of lead or an alloy of lead Webster Dictionary DB
  35. A plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. 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
  38. A small cylinder of black lead or plumbago, used in pencils. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. 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
  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. 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
  61. 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
  62. 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
  63. A conductor conveying electricity, as from a dynamo. Webster Dictionary DB
  64. The angle between the line joining the brushes of a continuous-current dynamo and the diameter symmetrical between the poles. Webster Dictionary DB
  65. The advance of the current phase in an alternating circuit beyond that of the electromotive force producing it. Webster Dictionary DB
  66. 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
  67. A rle for a leading man or leading woman; also, one who plays such a rle. Webster Dictionary DB
  68. A soft, grayish metal with poisonous salts; atomic number 82, atomic weight 207.19, symbol Pb. (Dorland, 28th) Medical Dictionary DB
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. Led. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  75. Leading. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  76. A metallic element, symbol Pb, atomic weight 207.1; see plumbum. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  77. One of the records, usually three in number, taken by means of the electrocardiograph; in lead I the current is from the right arm and left arm; in lead II, from the right arm and left leg; in lead III, from the left arm and left leg. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  78. See Plumbum. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  79. 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.
  80. To cover or fit with lead: (print.) to separate lines with leads. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  81. 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.
  82. 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.
  83. First place: precedence: direction: guidance. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  84. A soft heavy metal. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  85. Leaden, of, or like, lead. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  86. Precedence; guidance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  87. To cover or fit with lead. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  88. To go before, as a guide; conduct; precede. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  89. To guide by going before; precede; conduct; induce. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  90. To act as guide; extend or reach. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  91. 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.
  92. Position in advance; priority; guidance; command. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  93. 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.
  94. Graphite. black lead. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  95. Made or consisting of lead. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  96. 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.
  97. 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.
  98. 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.
  99. 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.
  100. 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.
  101. 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.
  102. 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.
  103. 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.
  104. 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.
  105. The counsel on either side of a litigated action who is chargcd with the prin- cipal management and direction of the party's case, as distinguished from his juniors or subordinates, is said to "lead in the cause," and is termed the "leading counsel" ou that side. thelawdictionary.org
  106. This is one of the most common of metals, found generally in veins of rocks, though seldom in a metallic state, and most commonly in combination with sulphur. It was early known to the ancients, and the allusions to it in Scripture indicate that the Hebrews were well acquainted with its uses. The rocks in the neighborhood of Sinai yielded it in large quantities, and it was found in Egypt. In ( Job 19:24 ) the allusion is supposed to be to the practice of carving inscriptions upon stone and pouring molten lead into the cavities of the letters, to render them legible and at the same time preserve them from the action of the air. biblestudytools.com
  107. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  108. 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 (melting point 327.5Plumbum). It is chiefly obtained from the mineral galena, lead sulphide. dictgcide_fs
  109. A small cylinder of black lead or graphite, used in pencils. dictgcide_fs
  110. To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact or connection; as, a father leads a child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a blind man. dictgcide_fs
  111. 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. dictgcide_fs
  112. To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or prelead, v. t. dictgcide_fs
  113. 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. dictgcide_fs
  114. A role for a leading man or leading woman; also, one who plays such a role. dictgcide_fs
  115. The first story in a newspaper or broadcast news program. dictgcide_fs
  116. an electrical conductor, typically as an insulated wire or cable, connecting an electrical device to another device or to a power source, such as a conductor conveying electricity from a dynamo. dictgcide_fs
  117. the distance a runner on base advances from one base toward the next before the pitch; as, the long lead he usually takes tends to distract the pitchers. dictgcide_fs
  118. l[=e]d, v.t. to show the way by going first: to guide by the hand: to direct: to precede: to transport or carry: to allure.--v.i. to go before and show the way: to have a tendency: to exercise dominion:--pr.p. lead'ing; pa.t. and pa.p. led.--n. first place: precedence: direction: (naut.) the course of a running rope from end to end: the right of playing the first card in a round or trick: a main conductor in electrical distribution.--ns. LEAD'ER, one who leads or goes first: a chief: the leading editorial article in a newspaper (also LEADING ARTICLE): principal wheel in any machinery; LEADERETTE', a brief newspaper leader; LEAD'ERSHIP, state or condition of a leader or conductor; LEAD'ING-BUS'INESS, the acting of the principal parts or rôles in plays; LEAD'ING-M[=O]'TIVE (Ger. leit-motif), in dramatic music, a principal theme: a theme, usually of but few tones, by which any personage or particular emotion is indicated by suggestion as often as it occurs; LEAD'ING-QUES'TION, a legal term for a question so put to a witness as to suggest the answer that is wished or expected.--n.pl. LEAD'ING-STRINGS, strings used to lead children when beginning to walk: vexatious care or custody.--LEAD APES IN HELL (see APE); LEAD ASTRAY, to draw into a wrong course, to seduce from right conduct; LEAD BY THE NOSE, to make one follow submissively; LEAD IN PRAYER, to offer up prayer in an assembly, uniting the prayers of others; LEAD OFF, to begin or take the start in anything; LEAD ON, to persuade to go on, to draw on; LEAD ONE A DANCE (see DANCE); LEAD UP TO, to bring about by degrees, to prepare for anything by steps or stages. [A.S. l['æ]dan, to lead, lád, a way; Ger. leiten, to lead.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  119. led, n. a well-known metal of a bluish-white colour: the plummet for sounding at sea: a thin plate of lead separating lines of type: (pl.) sheets of lead for covering roofs, a flat roof so covered.--v.t. to cover or fit with lead: (print.) to separate lines with leads.--n. LEAD'-ARM'ING, tallow, &c., placed in the hollow of a sounding-lead, to ascertain the nature of the bottom.--adjs. LEAD'ED, fitted with or set in lead: (print.) separated by leads, as the lines of a book, &c.; LEAD'EN, made of lead: heavy: dull; LEAD'EN-HEART'ED, having an unfeeling heart; LEAD'EN-STEP'PING (Milt.), moving slowly.--ns. LEAD'-GLANCE, lead ore, galena; LEAD'-MILL, a mill for grinding white-lead: a leaden disc charged with emery for grinding gems; LEAD'-PEN'CIL, a pencil or instrument for drawing, &c., made of blacklead; LEAD'-POI'SONING, or Plumbism, poisoning by the absorption and diffusion of lead in the system, its commonest form, Lead or Painter's Colic; LEADS'MAN, a seaman who heaves the lead.--adj. LEAD'Y, like lead. [A.S. leád; Ger. loth.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  120. Plumbum- l. Black, Graphites- l. Chloride of, Plumbi chloridum- l. Colic, see Colica metallica- l. Iodide of, Plumbi iodidum- l. Nitrate of, Plumbi nitras- l. Oxyd of, semi-vitrified, Plumbi oxydum semivitreum. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  121. Heavy easily fusible soft malleable base metal of dull pale bluishgrey colour (red l., red oxide of l. used as pigment, minium; white I., mixture of l. carbonate& hydrated l. oxide used as pigment, ceruse; BLACK -l., whence I. is used, w. pl., for the small stick of graphite in pencil or pencil-case; ounce of I., bullet); lump of l. used in sounding water (cast, heave, the I.; arm the l., fill hollow in it with tallow, to learn nature of bottom); (pl.) strips of l. used to cover roof, piece of (esp. horizontal) l.-covered roof, l. frames or cames holding glass of lattice or painted window; (Print.) metal strip for widening space between lines; l.-comb, made of l. & used to darken hair; l.-pencil, of graphite usu. enclosed in cedar; l.-poisoning, acute or chronic poisoning by taking of l. into system; leadsman, sailor who heaves the l.; l.-work, plumber\'s or glazier\'s work; l.-works, place where l.-ore is smelted; hence leadless a. (Vb) cover, weight, frame (panes), with l.; (Print.) separate lines of (printed matter) with ll.; (of gun-barrel) become foul with coating of l. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  122. (led). Force to go with one (l. captive, take a way as prisoner); conduct, guide, esp. by going in front (of person, also of motive, circumstance, &c.; curiosity, chance, led him to Rome; I. one a dance, give him much trouble to secure his end; I. one a life, worry him constantly; l. the way, go first, take the l. in course lit. or fig.); (of commander) direct movements of; conduct (person) by the hand or contact, (animal) by halter &c., (led horse, spare horse led by groom &c.; led captain, hanger-on, toady, parasite; l. woman to altar, marry), guide by persuasion (opp. drive; I. by the nose, induce to do unconsciously all one wishes); guide actions or opinions of, bring by argument &c. to conclusion, induce to do; (of road &c.) conduct (person, or usu. abs.) to place (also fig. =have as result, this led to confusion); make (rope, water, &c.) go through pulley, channel, &c.; pass, go through, spend, (life &c., esp. w. epithet as I. a miserable existence); have first place in (l. the dance, van), (abs.) go first (l. off, begin intr.), be first at some point in race; direct by example (l. orchestra, band, chorus, &c.), set (fashion), be official director or spokesman of (party, esp. in Houses of Parliament), act as leading counsel in (case, or usu. abs.); (Cards) play as first card, be first player, in trick (lead up to, play so as to elicit specified card), play one of (suit) when leading. Latin away, (usu. in pass.) induce to follow unthinkingly; l. off, begin (dance, conversation, of abs.); l. on, entice into going further than was intended; I. up to, form preparation for, serve to introduce, direct conversation towards, (subject). Hence leadable a. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  123. Direction given by going in front, example, (follow the l. of; give one a l., encourage him by doing thing, esp. leaping fence in hunting, first); leading place, leadership, (take the l.); artificial water-course, esp. leading to mill; channel in ice-field; string &c. for leading dog; (Cards) act or right of playing first (return l., l. from suit already led by partner); (Theatr.) (player of) chief part; l.-off, commencement. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  124. A soft gray-blue metal with poisonous salts. American pocket medical dictionary.
  125. A metallic element usually occurring native in the form of a sulphid (galena), less often in other combinations, and very rarely uncombined. Symbol, Pb. (from plumbum); atomic weight, 206.9. The compounds of l. are poisonous, giving rise to lead colic, lead palsy, etc. It is a soft ductile metal of a bluish color. Upon exposure to the air only the surface is oxidized. In a compact mass it is not dissolved by sulphuric or hydrochloric acid. It has a low melting point and is used in the preparation of alloys. List of poisons and their antidotes, see in appendix. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  126. [O.E.] Red lead is a compound of oxide and dioxide of lead, used in glass-making and as a pigment. White lead is carbonate of lead, a common pigment. Sugar of lead is acetate of lead, which has a sweet taste. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  127. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A well-known metal of a dull white colour with a cast of blue;— an article made of lead, as a plummet, used in sounding at sea a thin plate of type-metal, used to separate lines in printing;— a small cylinder of black lead or plumb ago, used in pencils;— sheets of lead used as a covering for roofs. Cabinet Dictionary

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