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Definition of "Lead" :

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

"The lead was in the dummy."

noun: 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."

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

"It was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads."

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

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

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


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

noun: an advantage held by a competitor in a race

"He took the lead at the last turn."

noun: evidence pointing to a possible solution

"The police are following a promising lead."

noun: the introductory section of a story

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

noun: a news story of major importance

noun: an indication of potential opportunity

"A good lead for a job."

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

"He took a long lead off first."

noun: an actor who plays a principal role

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

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

noun: 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."

verb: cause to undertake a certain action

verb: preside over

verb: lead, as in the performance of a composition

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

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

verb: take somebody somewhere

"We lead him to our chief."

verb: be in charge of

verb: be conducive to

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

verb: produce as a result or residue

verb: tend to or result in

"This remark lead to further arguments among the guests."

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

verb: lead, extend, or afford access

verb: cause something to pass or lead somewhere

verb: be ahead of others; be the first