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1lead

verb \ˈlēd\
led \ˈled\ lead·ing

Definition of LEAD

transitive verb
1
a :  to guide on a way especially by going in advance
b :  to direct on a course or in a direction
c :  to serve as a channel for <a pipe leads water to the house>
2
:  to go through :  live <lead a quiet life>
3
a (1) :  to direct the operations, activity, or performance of <lead an orchestra> (2) :  to have charge of <lead a campaign> (3) :  to ask (a witness) a question in a way that suggests what the answer should be :  to ask (a witness) a leading question
b (1) :  to go at the head of <lead a parade>
(2) :  to be first in or among <lead the league> (3) :  to have a margin over <led his opponent>
4
:  to bring to some conclusion or condition <led to believe otherwise>
5
:  to begin play with <lead trumps>
6
a :  to aim in front of (a moving object) <lead a duck>
b :  to pass a ball or puck just in front of (a moving teammate)
intransitive verb
1
a :  to guide someone or something along a way
b :  to lie, run, or open in a specified place or direction <path leads uphill>
c :  to guide a dance partner through the steps of a dance
2
a :  to be first
b (1) :  begin, open
(2) :  to play the first card of a trick, round, or game
3
:  to tend toward or have a result <study leading to a degree>
4
:  to direct the first of a series of blows at an opponent in boxing
lead one down the garden path also lead one up the garden path
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Origin of LEAD

Middle English leden, from Old English ̄dan; akin to Old High German leiten to lead, Old English līthan to go
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of LEAD

guide, lead, steer, pilot, engineer mean to direct in a course or show the way to be followed. guide implies intimate knowledge of the way and of all its difficulties and dangers <guided the scouts through the cave>. lead implies showing the way and often keeping those that follow under control and in order <led his team to victory>. steer implies an ability to keep to a course and stresses the capacity of maneuvering correctly <steered the ship through a narrow channel>. pilot suggests guidance over a dangerous or complicated course <piloted the bill through the Senate>. engineer implies finding ways to avoid or overcome difficulties in achieving an end or carrying out a plan <engineered his son's election to the governorship>.

2lead

noun \ˈlēd\

Definition of LEAD

1
a (1) :  leadership (2) :  example, precedent
b (1) :  position at the front :  vanguard
(2) :  initiative (3) :  the act or privilege of playing first in a card game; also :  the card or suit played first
c :  a margin or measure of advantage or superiority or position in advance
2
:  one that leads: as
a :  lode 2
b :  a channel of water especially through a field of ice
c :  indication, clue
d :  a principal role in a dramatic production; also :  one who plays such a role
e :  leash 1
f (1) :  an introductory section of a news story
(2) :  a news story of chief importance
3
:  an insulated electrical conductor connected to an electrical device
4
:  the course of a rope from end to end
5
:  the amount of axial advance of a point accompanying a complete turn of a thread (as of a screw or worm)
6
:  a position taken by a base runner off a base toward the next
7
:  the first punch of a series or an exchange of punches in boxing
lead·less \-ləs\ adjective

Origin of LEAD

(see 1lead)
First Known Use: 15th century

3lead

adjective \ˈlēd\

Definition of LEAD

:  acting or serving as a lead (see 2lead)or leader <a lead article>

Examples of LEAD

  1. <the lead diplomat is responsible for making policy for the entire embassy>

Origin of LEAD

(see 1lead)
First Known Use: 1828

4lead

noun, often attributive \ˈled\

Definition of LEAD

1
:  a bluish-white soft malleable ductile plastic but inelastic heavy metallic element found mostly in combination and used especially in pipes, cable sheaths, batteries, solder, and shields against radioactivity — see element table
2
a :  a plummet for sounding at sea
b plural British :  a usually flat lead roof
c plural :  lead framing for panes in windows
d :  a thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
3
a :  a thin stick of marking substance (as graphite) in or for a pencil
b :  white lead
5
lead·less \-ləs\ adjective

Origin of LEAD

Middle English leed, from Old English lēad; akin to Middle High German lōt lead
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms

assay, bloom, bullion, ductile, ingot, malleable, patina, plate, temper, tensile

5lead

verb \ˈled\

Definition of LEAD

transitive verb
1
:  to cover, line, or weight with lead (see 4lead)
2
:  to fix (window glass) in position with leads
3
:  to put space between the lines of (typeset matter)
4
:  to treat or mix with lead or a lead compound <leaded gasoline>

Origin of LEAD

(see 4lead)
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot
LEAD ONE DOWN THE GARDEN PATH Defined for Kids

1lead

verb \ˈlēd\
led \ˈled\lead·ing

Definition of LEAD for Kids

1
:  to guide on a way often by going ahead <You lead and we will follow.>
2
:  to be at the head or front part of <She led the parade.>
3
:  to direct or guide the actions of <lead an orchestra>
4
:  to be best, first, or ahead <The champs led by 15 points.>
5
:  to go through :  live <They lead a happy life.>
6
:  to reach or go in a certain direction <This road leads to town.>

2lead

noun

Definition of LEAD for Kids

1
:  position at the front <He took the lead.>
2
:  the amount or distance that a person or thing is ahead <The team had a ten point lead.>
3
:  the main role in a movie or play
4
:  something serving as an indication or clue <Police followed their only lead.>
5
:  the first part of a news story

3lead

noun \ˈled\

Definition of LEAD for Kids

1
:  a heavy soft gray metallic element that is easily bent and shaped
2
:  a long thin piece of graphite used in pencils
3
:  ammunition <a shower of lead>

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