an advantage held by a competitor in a race
"he took the lead at the last turn"
lead, Pb, atomic number 82(noun)
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"
lead, track, trail(noun)
evidence pointing to a possible solution
"the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
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)
lead, lead-in, lede(noun)
the introductory section of a story
"it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"
(sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
star, principal, lead(noun)
an actor who plays a principal role
(baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
"he took a long lead off first"
tip, lead, steer, confidential information, wind, hint(noun)
an indication of potential opportunity
"he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
lead, lead story(noun)
a news story of major importance
spark advance, lead(noun)
the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
leash, tether, lead(noun)
restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
lead, pencil lead(noun)
mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
jumper cable, jumper lead, lead, booster cable(noun)
a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
"it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
"the lead was in the dummy"
lead, take, direct, conduct, guide(verb)
take somebody somewhere
"We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
leave, result, lead(verb)
have as a result or residue
"The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
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"
run, go, pass, lead, extend(verb)
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"
be in charge of
"Who is heading this project?"
be ahead of others; be the first
"she topped her class every year"
contribute, lead, conduce(verb)
be conducive to
"The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
conduct, lead, direct(verb)
lead, as in the performance of a composition
"conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
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"
moderate, chair, lead(verb)
"John moderated the discussion"
The first story in a newspaper or broadcast news program.
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.
(Baseball) 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.
The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction, course; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another.
Precedence; advance position; also, the measure of precedence; as, the white horse had the lead; a lead of a boatu2019s length, or of half a second; the state of being ahead in a race; the highest score in a game in an incomplete game.
a metallic wire for electrical devices and equipments
When a runner steps away from a base while waiting for the pitch to be thrown
The runner took his lead from first.
(cards and dominoes) 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.
A channel of open water in an ice field.
The course of a rope from end to end.
A rope, leather strap, or similar device with which to lead an animal; a leash
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.
To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, especially by going with or going in advance of, to lead a pupil; to guide somebody somewhere or to bring somebody somewhere by means of instructions. Hence, figuratively: To direct; to counsel; to instruct; as, to lead a traveler.
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; to command, especially a military or business unit
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.
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.
The evidence leads me to believe he is guilty.
To guide or conduct oneself 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).
To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps
He led a double five.
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; u2014 used in most of the senses of the transitive verb.
To be ahead of others, e.g., in a race
In a steam engine, 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.
The distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.
The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet. u2014 Claudias Saunier
Hypothesis that has not been pursued
The investigation stalled when all leads turned out to be dead ends.
Information obtained by a detective or police officer that allows him or her to discover further details about a crime or incident.
Potential opportunity for a sale or transaction, a potential customer.
Joe is a great addition to our sales team, he has numerous leads in the paper industry.
Information obtained by a news reporter about an issue or subject that allows him or her to discover more details.
The player who throws the first two rocks for a team.
A teaser; a lead in; the start of a newspaper column, telling who, what, when, where, why and how. (Sometimes spelled as lede for this usage to avoid ambiguity.)
An important news story that appears on the front page of a newspaper or at the beginning of a news broadcast
The axial distance a screw thread travels in one revolution. It is equal to the pitch times the number of starts.
In a barbershop quartet, the person who sings the melody, usually the second tenor
To have the highest interim score in a game
To be more advanced in technology or business than others
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.
To lead off or out, to go first; to begin.
The shock led to a change in his behaviour.
To step off base and move towards the next base.
The batter always leads off base.
To aim in front of a moving target, in order that the shot may hit the target as it passes.
The contestants are all tied; no one has the lead position.
Origin: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.
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
an article made of lead or an alloy of lead
a plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea
a thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing
sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs; hence, pl., a roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates
a small cylinder of black lead or plumbago, used in pencils
to cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle
to place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter
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
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
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
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
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
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)
to begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led
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
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
the act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another
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
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
an open way in an ice field
the course of a rope from end to end
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
the distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment
the action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet
Origin: [OE. leden, AS. ldan (akin to OS. ldian, D. leiden, G. leiten, Icel. lea, Sw. leda, Dan. lede), properly a causative fr. AS. lian to go; akin to OHG. ldan, Icel. la, Goth. leian (in comp.). Cf. Lode, Loath.]
Lead is a chemical element in the carbon group with symbol Pb and atomic number 82. Lead is a soft and malleable metal, which is regarded as a heavy metal and poor metal. Metallic lead has a bluish-white color after being freshly cut, but it soon tarnishes to a dull grayish color when exposed to air. Lead has a shiny chrome-silver luster when it is melted into a liquid. Lead is used in building construction, lead-acid batteries, bullets and shot, weights, as part of solders, pewters, fusible alloys, and as a radiation shield. Lead has the highest atomic number of all of the stable elements, although the next higher element, bismuth, has a half-life that is so long that it can be considered stable. Its four stable isotopes have 82 protons, a magic number in the nuclear shell model of atomic nuclei. Lead, at certain contact degrees, is a poisonous substance to animals, including humans. It damages the nervous system and causes brain disorders. Excessive lead also causes blood disorders in mammals. Like the element mercury, another heavy metal, lead is a neurotoxin that accumulates both in soft tissues and the bones. Lead poisoning has been documented from ancient Rome, ancient Greece, and ancient China.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lēd, 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-mō′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. lǽdan, to lead, lád, a way; Ger. leiten, to lead.]
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.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A soft, grayish metal with poisonous salts; atomic number 82, atomic weight 207.19, symbol Pb. (Dorland, 28th)
Is a chemical element.
Metallic lead has a bluish-white color after being freshly cut, changes to a grayish color when exposed to air and has a shiny chrome-silver luster when it is melted into a liquid.
A type of flexible metal.
Lead is used in building construction, lead-acid batteries, bullets and shot, weights, as part of solders, pewters, fusible alloys, and as a radiation shield.
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'lead' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1113
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'lead' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1726
Rank popularity for the word 'lead' in Nouns Frequency: #796
Rank popularity for the word 'lead' in Verbs Frequency: #61
The numerical value of lead in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of lead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Telling the truth will lead you to freedom telling the lies will lead you to slavery.
Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
I persist on praising not the life I lead, but that which I ought to lead. I follow it at a mighty distance, crawling.
Fear can lead us to lash out against those who are different or lead us to try to get some sinister 'other' under control, alternatively, fear can lead us to succumb to despair or paralysis or cynicism.
If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.
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Translations for lead
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- رصاص, قادArabic
- цвінец, право́дзіць, весці́, вадзі́ць, праве́сці, павесці́, павадзі́цьBelarusian
- олово, водяBulgarian
- plom, plomoù, kas, bleinañ, renBreton
- plom, dirigir, portar, encapçalar, conduir, anar al capdavantCatalan, Valencian
- olovo, odsadit, vodit, véstCzech
- вєстиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- Leitung, Führung, Spur, Leine, Ader, Lot, Blei, Mine, Durchschuss, verbleien, Senkblei, führen, leiten, anführenGerman
- προβάδισμα, βυθομετρητής, μολυβδοσκεπή, επιμολυβδώνω, μολύβι, μολυβδοταινία, μόλυβδοςGreek
- plumbo, plumbi, sondilo, estri, konduki, sekvi, antaŭi, komenciĝi, komenci, logi, antaŭiriEsperanto
- ventaja, balas, interlínea, escandallo, plomo, regleta, sonda, mina, conducir, guiar, ir a la cabeza, liderar, partir, ir en cabeza, comenzar, llevar, dirigirSpanish
- seatina, pliiEstonian
- lähtö, pituus, johto, kärki, johtolanka, johtoasema, varausjohto, johtaminen, hihna, kärkipaikka, latausjohto, lieka, väylä, talutushihna, ajo, vihje, lyijy, lyijykatto, riviväli, luoti, lyijylevy, johdattaa, aloittaa, opastaa, viedä, vetää, johtaa, ohjata, ajaa, kärkkyäFinnish
- prospect, laisse, tuyau, piste, mine, plomb, sonde, mener, conduire, diriger, pousser, guider, amener, commanderFrench
- lead, liedeWestern Frisian
- iall, luaidheScottish Gaelic
- עופרת, הנהיג, הוביל, התחילHebrew
- nyom, ólom, elöl megy, vezetHungarian
- guida, mina, piombo, scandaglio, essere di mano, condurre, guidare, comportarsi, essere in testa, convincere, andare avanti, influenzareItalian
- 鉛, 芯, 導く, 案内する, 達する, 引く, 率いる, リード, 到達Japanese
- aqerloqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- 연, 납, 鉛, 안내하다Korean
- bläiLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- švinas, vestiLithuanian
- svins, vestLatvian
- олово, водиMacedonian
- കറുത്തീയം, പെന്സില് മുന, നയിയ്ക്കുകMalayalam
- timah hitam, timbel, plumbumMalay
- leiding, lijn, aanwijzing, lood, uitkomst, vaargeul, voorsprong, leidraad, begeleiding, lengte, dieplood, verloden, stift, interlinie, blij, interliniëren, leiden, voorlopen, begeleiden, aanvoeren, uitkomen, vooroplopen, meevoerenDutch
- dilyį́híNavajo, Navaho
- cynk, smycz, prowadzenie, wyjście, trop, ołów, zaprowadzić, wychodzić, przewodzić, przeprowadzać, prowadzić, przodować, poprowadzić, pokazywać, poprzedzać, kierować, doprowadzać, wskazywać, wodzić, prowadzić się, dowodzićPolish
- conduzir, liderança, chumbo, mina, chumbar, prumo, liderar, sair, guiarPortuguese
- plùm, plom, plùnRomansh
- plumb, conduce, duceRomanian
- жила, лидерство, наводка, повод, поводок, привязь, ход, интерлиньяж, шпона, свинец, шпоны, шпон, грузило, свинцевать, межстрочное расстояние, свинцовый отвес, плюмбум, графит, вести, проводить, возглавлять, начинать, ходить, водиться, привести, приводить, вестись, водить, опережать, лидировать, склонять, руководить, пойтиRussian
- plumbu, piumbu, prumu, piumu, peumuSardinian
- olovo, олово, водити, voditiSerbo-Croatian
- olovo, vodiťSlovak
- svinec, voditiSlovene
- förhand, ledning, ledtråd, stift, bly, lod, leda, föraSwedish
- kurşun, kalem ucu, uçTurkish
- свинець, поводи́ти, повести́, проводити, вести́, води́тиUkrainian
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