Definitions for leadingˈlɛd ɪŋ
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word leading
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
principal; most important; foremost:
a leading medical authority.
coming in advance of others; first:
We rode in the leading car.
a covering or framing of lead:
the leading of a stained-glass window.
Category: Building Trades
the spacing between lines of type, esp. in computer-generated typeset output.
Category: Building Trades, Printing, Computers
Ref: lead2 (def. 7). 2 7
Origin of leading:
thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
the activity of leading
"his leadership inspired the team"
leading(p), prima(p), star(p), starring(p), stellar(a)(adj)
indicating the most important performer or role
"the leading man"; "prima ballerina"; "prima donna"; "a star figure skater"; "the starring role"; "a stellar role"; "a stellar performance"
greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
"our greatest statesmen"; "the country's leading poet"; "a preeminent archeologist"
going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way
"we rode in the leading car"; "the leading edge of technology"
ahead(p), in the lead, leading(adj)
having the leading position or higher score in a contest
"he is ahead by a pawn"; "the leading team in the pennant race"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
being better or more important than all others
the leading oil producer in the world; the leading role in the play
guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example
the act of guiding, directing, governing, or enticing; guidance
suggestion; hint; example
In typography, leading refers to the distance between the baselines of successive lines of type. The term originated in the days of hand-typesetting, when thin strips of lead were inserted into the forms to increase the vertical distance between lines of type. The term is still used in modern page layout software such as QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign. In consumer-oriented word processing software, this concept is usually referred to as "line spacing" or "interline spacing."
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'leading' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1637
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'leading' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3531
Rank popularity for the word 'leading' in Adjectives Frequency: #212
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