Definition of LEAD

noun : LEAD

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) an advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn" ;

  • 2. (

    ) 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. (

    ) evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator" ;

  • 4. (

    ) a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (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. (

    ) 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. (

    ) the introductory section of a story; "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter" ;

  • 7. (

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

  • 9. (

    ) (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; "he took a long lead off first" ;

  • 12. (

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

  • 14. (

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

  • 15. (

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

  • 17. (

    ) the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; "the lead was in the dummy" ;

verb : LEAD

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 2. (

    ) produce as a result or residue; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin" ;

  • 3. (

    ) tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests" ;

  • 4. (

    ) travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John" ;

  • 5. (

    ) cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks" ;

  • 6. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 7. (

    ) be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?" ;

  • 8. (

    ) be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year" ;

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