Definitions for lead

Definitions for (noun) lead

Main entry: lead

Definition: the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge

Usage: the lead was in the dummy

Main entry: lead

Definition: a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')

Usage: he takes the lead in any group; we were just waiting for someone to take the lead; they didn't follow our lead

Main entry: jumper cable, jumper lead, lead, booster cable

Definition: a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire

Usage: it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads

Main entry: lead, pencil lead

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

Main entry: lead, leading

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

Main entry: lead, leash, tether

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

Main entry: spark advance, lead

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

Main entry: lead

Definition: an advantage held by a competitor in a race

Usage: he took the lead at the last turn

Main entry: lead, track, trail

Definition: evidence pointing to a possible solution

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

Main entry: lead, lead-in, lede

Definition: the introductory section of a story

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

Main entry: lead, lead story

Definition: a news story of major importance

Main entry: lead, confidential information, wind, tip, steer, hint

Definition: an indication of potential opportunity

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

Main entry: lead

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

Usage: he took a long lead off first

Main entry: principal, star, lead

Definition: an actor who plays a principal role

Main entry: lead

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

Main entry: lead

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

Main entry: lead, Pb, atomic number 82

Definition: a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey

Usage: the children were playing with lead soldiers

Definitions for (verb) lead

Main entry: lead

Definition: cause to undertake a certain action

Usage: Her greed led her to forge the checks

Main entry: lead, moderate, chair

Definition: preside over

Usage: John moderated the discussion

Main entry: direct, conduct, lead

Definition: lead, as in the performance of a composition

Usage: conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years

Main entry: precede, lead

Definition: move ahead (of others) in time or space

Main entry: lead, head

Definition: travel in front of; go in advance of others

Usage: The procession was headed by John

Main entry: direct, conduct, guide, lead, take

Definition: take somebody somewhere

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

Main entry: head, lead

Definition: be in charge of

Usage: Who is heading this project?

Main entry: lead, conduce, contribute

Definition: be conducive to

Usage: The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing

Main entry: lead, leave, result

Definition: have as a result or residue

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

Main entry: lead

Definition: tend to or result in

Usage: This remark lead to further arguments among the guests

Main entry: extend, run, lead, go, pass

Definition: stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

Usage: 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

Main entry: lead, go

Definition: lead, extend, or afford access

Usage: This door goes to the basement; The road runs South

Main entry: run, lead

Definition: cause something to pass or lead somewhere

Usage: Run the wire behind the cabinet

Main entry: lead, top

Definition: be ahead of others; be the first

Usage: she topped her class every year

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