What does lead mean?

Definitions for lead
lɛdlead

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lead.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. leadnoun

    an advantage held by a competitor in a race

    "he took the lead at the last turn"

  2. lead, Pb, atomic number 82noun

    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"

  3. lead, track, trailnoun

    evidence pointing to a possible solution

    "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"

  4. leadnoun

    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"

  5. leadnoun

    the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)

  6. lead, lead-in, ledenoun

    the introductory section of a story

    "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"

  7. leadnoun

    (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning

  8. star, principal, leadnoun

    an actor who plays a principal role

  9. leadnoun

    (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base

    "he took a long lead off first"

  10. tip, lead, steer, confidential information, wind, hintnoun

    an indication of potential opportunity

    "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"

  11. lead, lead storynoun

    a news story of major importance

  12. spark advance, leadnoun

    the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine

  13. leash, tether, leadnoun

    restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

  14. lead, leadingnoun

    thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing

  15. lead, pencil leadnoun

    mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil

  16. jumper cable, jumper lead, lead, booster cablenoun

    a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire

    "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"

  17. leadverb

    the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge

    "the lead was in the dummy"

  18. lead, take, direct, conduct, guideverb

    take somebody somewhere

    "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"

  19. leave, result, leadverb

    have as a result or residue

    "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"

  20. leadverb

    tend to or result in

    "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"

  21. lead, headverb

    travel in front of; go in advance of others

    "The procession was headed by John"

  22. leadverb

    cause to undertake a certain action

    "Her greed led her to forge the checks"

  23. run, go, pass, lead, extendverb

    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"

  24. head, leadverb

    be in charge of

    "Who is heading this project?"

  25. lead, topverb

    be ahead of others; be the first

    "she topped her class every year"

  26. contribute, lead, conduceverb

    be conducive to

    "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"

  27. conduct, lead, directverb

    lead, as in the performance of a composition

    "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

  28. go, leadverb

    lead, extend, or afford access

    "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"

  29. precede, leadverb

    move ahead (of others) in time or space

  30. run, leadverb

    cause something to pass or lead somewhere

    "Run the wire behind the cabinet"

  31. moderate, chair, leadverb

    preside over

    "John moderated the discussion"

GCIDE

  1. Leadnoun

    The first story in a newspaper or broadcast news program.

  2. Leadnoun

    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.

  3. Leadnoun

    (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.

Wiktionary

  1. leadnoun

    The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction, course; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  2. leadnoun

    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 state of being ahead in a race; the highest score in a game in an incomplete game.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  3. lead

    a metallic wire for electrical devices and equipments

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  4. lead

    When a runner steps away from a base while waiting for the pitch to be thrown

    The runner took his lead from first.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  5. lead

    (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.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  6. lead

    A channel of open water in an ice field.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  7. lead

    A lode.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  8. lead

    The course of a rope from end to end.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  9. lead

    A rope, leather strap, or similar device with which to lead an animal; a leash

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  10. leadverb

    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.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  11. leadverb

    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.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  12. lead

    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

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  13. lead

    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.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  14. lead

    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.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  15. lead

    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).

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  16. lead

    To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps

    He led a double five.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  17. lead

    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.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  18. lead

    To be ahead of others, e.g., in a race

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  19. lead

    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.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  20. lead

    charging lead

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  21. lead

    The distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  22. lead

    The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet. u2014 Claudias Saunier

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  23. lead

    Hypothesis that has not been pursued

    The investigation stalled when all leads turned out to be dead ends.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  24. lead

    Information obtained by a detective or police officer that allows him or her to discover further details about a crime or incident.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  25. lead

    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.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  26. lead

    Information obtained by a news reporter about an issue or subject that allows him or her to discover more details.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  27. lead

    The player who throws the first two rocks for a team.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  28. lead

    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.)

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  29. lead

    An important news story that appears on the front page of a newspaper or at the beginning of a news broadcast

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  30. lead

    The axial distance a screw thread travels in one revolution. It is equal to the pitch times the number of starts.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  31. lead

    In a barbershop quartet, the person who sings the melody, usually the second tenor

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  32. lead

    To have the highest interim score in a game

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  33. lead

    To be more advanced in technology or business than others

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  34. lead

    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.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  35. lead

    To lead off or out, to go first; to begin.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  36. lead

    To produce.

    The shock led to a change in his behaviour.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  37. lead

    To step off base and move towards the next base.

    The batter always leads off base.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  38. lead

    To aim in front of a moving target, in order that the shot may hit the target as it passes.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

  39. leadadjective

    Foremost.

    The contestants are all tied; no one has the lead position.

    Etymology: From leed, from lead, from laudan, from lAudh-. Cognate with leid, lede, lud, luad, lead, lood, Lot, lod, lóð, luaidhe, liudē.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leadnoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Leadnoun

    an article made of lead or an alloy of lead

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Leadnoun

    a plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Leadnoun

    a thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Leadnoun

    sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs; hence, pl., a roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Leadnoun

    a small cylinder of black lead or plumbago, used in pencils

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Leadverb

    to cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Leadverb

    to place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Leadverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  10. Leadverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  11. Leadverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  12. Leadverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  13. Leadverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  14. Leadverb

    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)

    Etymology: [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.]

  15. Leadverb

    to begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led

    Etymology: [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.]

  16. Leadverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  17. Leadverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  18. Leadnoun

    the act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another

    Etymology: [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.]

  19. Leadnoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  20. Leadnoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  21. Leadnoun

    an open way in an ice field

    Etymology: [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.]

  22. Leadnoun

    a lode

    Etymology: [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.]

  23. Leadnoun

    the course of a rope from end to end

    Etymology: [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.]

  24. Leadnoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  25. Leadnoun

    the distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment

    Etymology: [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.]

  26. Leadnoun

    the action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  1. Lead

    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

  1. Lead

    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.]

  2. 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

  1. Lead

    A soft, grayish metal with poisonous salts; atomic number 82, atomic weight 207.19, symbol Pb. (Dorland, 28th)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lead

    The direction in which running ropes lead fair, and come down to the deck. Also, in Arctic seas, a channel through the ice; synonymous with lane. To lead into battle, or into harbour.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. lead

    To conduct as a chief or commander; as, let the troops follow where their general leads.

Editors Contribution

  1. lead

    A type of electrical product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Many electrical products use a lead to connect an electrical device to a power source.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  
  2. lead

    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.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2016  
  3. lead

    Is an element.

    Metallic lead has a shiny chrome-silver coat when it is melted into a liquid.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 17, 2015  
  4. lead

    To guide, direct and manage a team being open, transparent, just and fair.

    The director did lead by example in all forms of the business.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lead' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1113

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lead' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1726

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lead' in Nouns Frequency: #796

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lead' in Verbs Frequency: #61

Anagrams for lead »

  1. Adel

  2. Dale

  3. E.D. La.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lead in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of lead in a Sentence

  1. Joe Biden:

    This is no time for Donald Trumps record of hysteria and xenophobia -- hysterical xenophobia --and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.

  2. Jesse Hunt:

    Democrats showed the entire country what their objectives are on health care during the presidential primary : a government-controlled plan that seeks to eliminate employer-based coverage, all roads lead to that outcome.

  3. Ben Chapman:

    Look, this is all a very, very, very low-risk situation, i look at it as a yuck factor versus a risk factor. Insect parts are gross, but they don't lead to foodborne illnesses.

  4. Valerie Wilson:

    Nobody is drinking water with lead in it, we have done everything that we can. We’re really at a point where we’re at a long-term temporary fix.

  5. Rick Wilson:

    There's an awful lot of interest now in making certain that Donald Trump doesn't lead to the inevitable election of either Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden by a number of interested conservative outside parties, this has to be like shark attacks. Nip. Nip. Blood. Nip. Blood. Blood. Blood. A feeding frenzy.

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  • loodAfrikaans
  • رصاص, قادArabic
  • ҡурғашBashkir
  • 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
  • plwmWelsh
  • blyDanish
  • Leitung, Führung, Spur, Leine, Ader, Lot, Blei, Mine, Durchschuss, verbleien, Senkblei, führen, leiten, anführenGerman
  • މަގުދިލުންDivehi
  • 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
  • berunBasque
  • سربPersian
  • 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
  • blýggjFaroese
  • prospect, laisse, tuyau, piste, mine, plomb, sonde, mener, conduire, diriger, pousser, guider, amener, commanderFrench
  • lead, liedeWestern Frisian
  • luaidheIrish
  • iall, luaidheScottish Gaelic
  • chumboGalician
  • leoaieManx
  • עופרת, הנהיג, הוביל, התחילHebrew
  • सीसा, नेतृत्वHindi
  • nyom, ólom, elöl megy, vezetHungarian
  • կապարArmenian
  • timbelIndonesian
  • duktarIdo
  • blýIcelandic
  • 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
  • ტყვიაGeorgian
  • қорғасынKazakh
  • aqerloqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • ಸೀಸKannada
  • 연, 납, 鉛, 안내하다Korean
  • قورقوشمKurdish
  • plomCornish
  • plumbumLatin
  • bläiLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • švinas, vestiLithuanian
  • svins, vestLatvian
  • matāMāori
  • олово, водиMacedonian
  • കറുത്തീയം, പെന്‍സില്‍ മുന, നയിയ്ക്കുകMalayalam
  • харMongolian
  • timah hitam, timbel, plumbumMalay
  • ċombMaltese
  • leiding, lijn, aanwijzing, lood, uitkomst, vaargeul, voorsprong, leidraad, begeleiding, lengte, dieplood, verloden, stift, interlinie, blij, interliniëren, leiden, voorlopen, begeleiden, aanvoeren, uitkomen, vooroplopen, meevoerenDutch
  • blyNorwegian
  • 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
  • plumbAlbanian
  • förhand, ledning, ledtråd, stift, bly, lod, leda, föraSwedish
  • ongozaSwahili
  • సీసముTelugu
  • surbTajik
  • ตะกั้วThai
  • kurşun, kalem ucu, uçTurkish
  • свинець, поводи́ти, повести́, проводити, вести́, води́тиUkrainian
  • кўогъшсинUzbek
  • chìVietnamese
  • plumbinVolapük
  • בלײַYiddish

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