Definition of 'lead'
- a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey; "the children were playing with lead soldiers"
Synonyms: Pb atomic number 82
- an advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn"
- evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
Synonyms: track trail
- 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"
- the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
- the introductory section of a story; "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"
Synonyms: lead-in lede
- (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
- an actor who plays a principal role
Synonyms: star principal
- (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; "he took a long lead off first"
- an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
Synonyms: tip steer confidential information wind hint
- a news story of major importance
Synonyms: lead story
- the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
Synonyms: spark advance
- restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
Synonyms: leash tether
- thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
- mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
Synonyms: pencil lead
- a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
Synonyms: jumper cable jumper lead booster cable
- the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; "the lead was in the dummy"
- take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
Synonyms: take direct conduct guide
- have as a result or residue; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
Synonyms: leave result
- tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
- travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John"
- cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks"
- 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"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
Synonyms: run go pass extend
- be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?"
- be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year"
- be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
Synonyms: contribute conduce
- lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
Synonyms: conduct direct
- pass or spend; "lead a good life"
- lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"
- move ahead (of others) in time or space
- cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet"
- preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
Synonyms: moderate chair