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"
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
Origin: [a translation of G. leitmotif]
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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Rank popularity for the word 'leading' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1637
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Rank popularity for the word 'leading' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3531
Rank popularity for the word 'leading' in Adjectives Frequency: #212
The numerical value of leading in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of leading in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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