- enPR: lĕd, IPA: /lɛd/, X-SAMPA: /lEd/
- Homophone: led
- ( uncountable ) A heavy, pliable, inelastic metal element, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished; both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity. It is easily fusible, forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic number 82, Atomic weight 206.4, Specific Gravity 11.37, Symbol Pb ( from Latin plumbum ) .
- ( countable ) A plummet or mass of lead attached to a line, used in sounding depth at sea or ( dated ) to estimate velocity in knots .
- A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing .
- ( uncountable, typography ) Vertical space in advance of a row or between rows of text. Also known as leading .
- Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs .
- ( plural: leads ) A roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates .
- ( countable ) A thin cylinder of black lead or plumbago ( graphite ) used in pencils .
- ( slang ) bullets
- arm the lead
- acetate of lead
- black lead
- blue lead
- cast the lead, heave the lead
- chromate of lead
- coasting lead
- cold lead
- deep-sea lead
- go down like a lead balloon
- hand lead
- lap in lead
- lay in lead
- lead accumulator
- lead acetate
- lead-acid battery
- lead arsenate
- lead-ash, lead-ashes
- lead balloon
- lead bronze
- lead bullion
- lead burning
- lead carbonate
- lead cell
- lead chamber
- lead chloride
- lead colic
- lead color, lead colour
- lead-colored, lead-coloured
- lead crystal
- lead dichloride
- lead dinitrate
- lead dioxide
- lead distemper
- lead encephalopathy
- lead glance
- lead glass
- lead-gray, lead-grey
- lead hydrogen arsenate
- lead in one's pencil
- lead iodide
- lead line
- lead mill
- lead nitrate
- lead ocher, lead ochre
- lead oxide
- lead paint
- lead palsy
- lead paralysis
- lead pencil
- lead plant
- lead peroxide
- lead ratio
- lead selenide
- lead sulfide, lead sulphide
- lead tetraethyl
- lead tetroxide
- lead vanadate
- lead wool
- mock lead
- pencil lead
- red lead
- red lead ore
- sugar of lead
- swing the lead
- telluride of lead
- tetraethyl lead
- thorium lead
- throw the lead
- uranium lead
- uranium-lead dating
- white lead
- ( transitive ) To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle .
- ( transitive, printing ) To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter .
- enPR: lēd, IPA: /liːd/, X-SAMPA: /li:d/
- Homophones: leed, lede
- ( transitive ) 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 .
- ( transitive ) 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 .
- ( transitive ) 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
- ( transitive ) 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 .
- ( transitive ) 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 .
- ( transitive ) 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 ) .
- ( transitive, card games, dominoes ) To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps
- ( intransitive ) 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 the transitive verb .
- ( intransitive ) To be ahead of others, e.g., in a race
- ( intransitive ) To have the highest interim score in a game
- ( intransitive ) To be more advanced in technology or business than others
- ( intransitive ) 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 .
- ( intransitive ) To lead off or out, to go first; to begin .
- To produce .
- ( baseball ) To step off base and move towards the next base .
- ( shooting ) To aim in front of a moving target, in order that the shot may hit the target as it passes .
- ( uncountable ) The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction, course; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another .
- ( uncountable ) 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.
- ( countable ) a metallic wire for electrical devices and equipments
- ( baseball ) When a runner steps away from a base while waiting for the pitch to be thrown
- ( uncountable ) ( 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 .
- ( countable ) A channel of open water in an ice field .
- ( countable, mining ) A lode .
- ( nautical ) The course of a rope from end to end .
- A rope, leather strap, or similar device with which to lead an animal; a leash
- 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.
- charging lead
- ( civil 工学 ) The distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment .
- ( horology ) The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet. — Claudias Saunier
- Hypothesis that has not been pursued
- Information obtained by a detective or police officer that allows him or her to discover further details about a crime or incident .
- ( marketing ) Potential opportunity for a sale or transaction, a potential customer .
- Information obtained by a news reporter about an issue or subject that allows him or her to discover more details .
- ( curling ) The player who throws the first two rocks for a team .
- ( newspapers ) 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. )
- An important news story that appears on the front page of a newspaper or at the beginning of a news broadcast
- ( engineering ) The axial distance a screw thread travels in one revolution. It is equal to the pitch times the number of starts .
- ( music ) In a barbershop quartet, the person who sings the melody, usually the second tenor
- English: lead
- Scots: leid
From Middle English leed, from Old English lēad ( “lead” ), from Proto-Germanic *laudan ( “lead” ), from Proto-Indo-European *lAudh- ( “lead” ). Cognate with Scots leid, lede ( “lead” ), North Frisian lud, luad ( “lead” ), West Frisian lead ( “lead” ), Dutch lood ( “lead” ), German Lot ( “solder, plummet, sounding line” ), Swedish lod ( “lead” ), Icelandic lóð ( “a plumb, weight” ), Irish luaidhe ( “lead” ), Lithuanian liudē ( “plumb, plummet, plumbline” ) .
Alternative etymology suggests the possibility that Proto-Germanic *laudan may derive from Proto-Celtic *loudhom, from an assumed Proto-Italo-Celtic *ploudhom, from Proto-Indo-European *plou( d )- ( “to flow” ). If so, then cognate with Latin plumbum ( “lead” ). More at flow .
From Middle English leden, from Old English lǣdan ( “to lead” ), from Proto-Germanic *laidijanan ( “to cause one to go, lead” ), causative of Proto-Germanic *līþanan ( “to go” ), from Proto-Indo-European *leit-, *leith- ( “to leave, die” ). Cognate with West Frisian liede ( “to lead” ), Dutch leiden ( “to lead” ), German leiten ( “to lead” ), Danish lede ( “to lead” ), Swedish leda ( “to lead” ). Related to Old English līþan ( “to go, travel” ) .
From Proto-Germanic *laudan .
Explanation of lead by Wordnet Dictionary
stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope
lead, extend, or afford access
- he takes the lead in any group
- we were just waiting for someone to take the lead
- they didn't follow our lead
- Lead ( lĕd ), n. [OE. led, leed, lead, AS. leád; akin to D. lood, MHG. lōt, G. loth plummet, sounding lead, small weight, Sw. & Dan. lod. √123.]
1. ( Chem. ) 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 ( melting point 327.5° C ), forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic number 82. Atomic weight, 207.2. Symbol Pb ( L. Plumbum ). It is chiefly obtained from the mineral galena, lead sulphide.
2. An article made of lead or an alloy of lead; as: A plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea. ( Print. ) A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing. Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs; hence, pl., a roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates.
I would have the tower two stories, and goodly leads upon the top. Bacon
3. A small cylinder of black lead or graphite, used in pencils.
Black lead, graphite or plumbago; -- so called from its leadlike appearance and streak. [Colloq.] -- Coasting lead, a sounding lead intermediate in weight between a hand lead and deep-sea lead. -- Deep-sea lead, the heaviest of sounding leads, used in water exceeding a hundred fathoms in depth. Ham. Nav. Encyc. -- Hand lead, a small lead use for sounding in shallow water. -- Krems lead, Kremnitz lead [so called from Krems or Kremnitz, in Austria], a pure variety of white lead, formed into tablets, and called also Krems white, or Kremnitz white, and Vienna white. -- Lead arming, tallow put in the hollow of a sounding lead. See To arm the lead ( below ). -- Lead colic. See under Colic. -- Lead color, a deep bluish gray color, like tarnished lead. -- Lead glance. ( Min. ) Same as Galena. -- Lead line ( Med. ) A dark line along the gums produced by a deposit of metallic lead, due to lead poisoning. ( Naut. ) A sounding line. -- Lead mill, a leaden polishing wheel, used by lapidaries. -- Lead ocher ( Min. ), a
massive sulphur-yellow oxide of lead. Same as Massicot. -- Lead pencil, a pencil of which the marking material is graphite ( black lead ). -- Lead plant ( Bot. ), a low leguminous plant, genus Amorpha ( Amorpha canescens ), found in the Northwestern United States, where its presence is supposed to indicate lead ore. Gray. -- Lead tree. ( Bot. ) A West Indian name for the tropical, leguminous tree, Leucæna glauca; -- probably so called from the glaucous color of the foliage. ( Chem. ) Lead crystallized in arborescent forms from a solution of some lead salt, as by suspending a strip of zinc in lead acetate. -- Mock lead, a miner's term for blende. -- Red lead, a scarlet, crystalline, granular powder, consisting of minium when pure, but commonly containing several of the oxides of lead. It is used as a paint or cement and also as an ingredient of flint glass. -- Red lead ore ( Min. ), crocoite. -- Sugar of lead, acetate of lead. -- To arm the lead, to fill the hollow in the bottom of a sounding lead with tallow
in order to discover the nature of the bottom by the substances adhering. Ham. Nav. Encyc. -- To cast the lead, or To heave the lead, to cast the sounding lead for ascertaining the depth of water. -- White lead, hydrated carbonate of lead, obtained as a white, amorphous powder, and much used as an ingredient of white paint.
- Lead ( lĕd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Leaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Leading.]
1. To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, “continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle”.
2. ( Print. ) To place leads between the lines of; as, “to lead a page; leaded matter.”
- Lead ( lēd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Led ( lĕd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Leading.] [OE. leden, AS. lǣdan ( akin to OS. lēdian, D. leiden, G. leiten, Icel. leīða, Sw. leda, Dan. lede ), properly a causative fr. AS. liðan to go; akin to OHG. līdan, Icel. līða, Goth. leiþan ( in comp. ). Cf. Lode, Loath.]
1. To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact or connection; as, “a father leads a child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a blind man.”
If a blind man lead a blind man, both fall down in the ditch. Wyclif ( Matt. xv. 14. )
They thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill. Luke iv. 29.
In thy right hand lead with thee
The mountain nymph, sweet Liberty. Milton.
2. 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.”
The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way. Ex. xiii. 21.
He leadeth me beside the still waters. Ps. xxiii. 2.
This thought might lead me through the world's vain mask.
Content, though blind, had I no better guide. Milton.
3. 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.”
Christ took not upon him flesh and blood that he might conquer and rule nations, lead armies, or possess places. South.
4. 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.”
As Hesperus, that leads the sun his way. Fairfax.
And lo ! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest. Leigh Hunt.
5. 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”.
He was driven by the necessities of the times, more than led by his own disposition, to any rigor of actions. Eikon Basilike.
Silly women, laden with sins, led away by divers lusts. 2 Tim. iii. 6 ( Rev. Ver. ).
6. 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 ).
That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life. 1 Tim. ii. 2.
Nor thou with shadowed hint confuse
A life that leads melodious days. Tennyson.
You remember . . . the life he used to lead his wife and daughter. Dickens.
7. ( Cards & Dominoes ) To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, “to lead trumps; the double five was led.”
To lead astray, to guide in a wrong way, or into error; to seduce from truth or rectitude. -- To lead captive, to carry or bring into captivity. -- To lead the way, to show the way by going in front; to act as guide. Goldsmith.
- Lead v. i.
1. To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preëminence; to be first or chief; -- used in most of the senses of lead, v. t.
2. 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.”
The mountain foot that leads towards Mantua. Shak.
To lead off or To lead out, to go first; to begin; as, “Mickey Mantle led off in the fifth inning of the game”.
- Lead, n.
1. The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, “to take the lead; to be under the lead of another.”
At the time I speak of, and having a momentary lead, . . . I am sure I did my country important service. Burke.
2. 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.”
3. ( Cards & 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”.
4. An open way in an ice field. Kane.
5. ( Mining ) A lode.
6. ( Naut. ) The course of a rope from end to end.
7. ( 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.
☞ When used alone it means outside lead, or lead for the admission of steam. Inside lead refers to the release or exhaust.
8. ( Civil Engineering ) the distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.
9. ( Horology ) The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet. Saunier.
10. ( Music. ) The announcement by one voice part of a theme to be repeated by the other parts. A mark or a short passage in one voice part, as of a canon, serving as a cue for the entrance of others.
11. In an internal-combustion engine, the distance, measured in actual length of piston stroke or the corresponding angular displacement of the crank, of the piston from the end of the compression stroke when ignition takes place; -- called in full lead of the ignition. When ignition takes place during the working stroke the corresponding distance from the commencement of the stroke is called negative lead.
12. ( Mach. ) The excess above a right angle in the angle between two consecutive cranks, as of a compound engine, on the same shaft.
13. ( Mach. ) In spiral screw threads, worm wheels, or the like, the amount of advance of any point in the spiral for a complete turn.
14. ( Elec. ) The angle between the line joining the brushes of a continuous-current dynamo and the diameter symmetrical between the poles. The advance of the current phase in an alternating circuit beyond that of the electromotive force producing it.
15. ( Theat. ) A role for a leading man or leading woman; also, one who plays such a role.
16. The first story in a newspaper or broadcast news program.
17. 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.
18. ( 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”.
Lead angle ( Steam Engine ), the angle which the crank maker with the line of centers, in approaching it, at the instant when the valve opens to admit steam. -- Lead screw ( Mach. ), the main longitudinal screw of a lathe, which gives the feed motion to the carriage.
Definition of lead by GCIDE Dictionary