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lead

noun (n)

  • an advantage held by a competitor in a race (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    He took the lead at the last turn.
    source: wordnet30
  • a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey (noun.substance)
    Synonym: atomic number 82, pb
    Example:
    The children were playing with lead soldiers.
    source: wordnet30
  • evidence pointing to a possible solution (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: track, trail
    Example:
    The police are following a promising lead.
    source: wordnet30
  • a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead') (noun.act)
    Example:
    He takes the lead in any group.
    We were just waiting for someone to take the lead.
    They didn't follow our lead.
    source: wordnet30
  • the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile) (noun.shape)
    source: wordnet30
  • the introductory section of a story (noun.communication)
    Synonym: lead-in, lede
    Example:
    It was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter.
    source: wordnet30
  • (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning (noun.quantity)
    Antonym: deficit
    source: wordnet30
  • an actor who plays a principal role (noun.person)
    Synonym: principal, star
    source: wordnet30
  • (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base (noun.location)
    Example:
    He took a long lead off first.
    source: wordnet30
  • an indication of potential opportunity (noun.communication)
    Example:
    A good lead for a job.
    source: wordnet30
  • a news story of major importance (noun.communication)
    Synonym: lead story
    source: wordnet30
  • the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: spark advance
    source: wordnet30
  • restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: leash, tether
    source: wordnet30
  • thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: leading
    source: wordnet30
  • mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: pencil lead
    source: wordnet30
  • a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    It was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads.
    source: wordnet30
  • the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge (noun.act)
    Example:
    The lead was in the dummy.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • The announcement by one voice part of a theme to be repeated by the other parts. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • take somebody somewhere (verb.motion)
    Synonym: conduct, direct, guide, take
    Example:
    We lead him to our chief.
    source: wordnet30
  • have as a result or residue (verb.stative)
    Synonym: leave, result
    source: wordnet30
  • tend to or result in (verb.stative)
    Example:
    This remark lead to further arguments among the guests.
    source: wordnet30
  • travel in front of; go in advance of others (verb.motion)
    Synonym: head
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to undertake a certain action (verb.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point (verb.stative)
    Synonym: extend, go, pass, run
    source: wordnet30
  • be in charge of (verb.social)
    Synonym: direct, head
    source: wordnet30
  • be ahead of others; be the first (verb.stative)
    Synonym: top
    source: wordnet30
  • be conducive to (verb.social)
    Synonym: conduce, contribute
    Example:
    The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing.
    source: wordnet30
  • lead, as in the performance of a composition (verb.creation)
    Synonym: conduct, direct
    source: wordnet30
  • lead, extend, or afford access (verb.stative)
    Synonym: go
    source: wordnet30
  • move ahead (of others) in time or space (verb.motion)
    Synonym: precede
    Antonym: follow
    source: wordnet30
  • cause something to pass or lead somewhere (verb.stative)
    Synonym: run
    source: wordnet30
  • preside over (verb.communication)
    Synonym: chair, moderate
    source: wordnet30
  • To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preëminence; to be first or chief; -- used in most of the senses of lead, v. t. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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