1. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing;
[syn: lead, leading]
2. the activity of leading;
- Example: "his leadership inspired the team"
[syn: leadership, leading]
1. indicating the most important performer or role;
- Example: "the leading man"
- Example: "prima ballerina"
- Example: "prima donna"
- Example: "a star figure skater"
- Example: "the starring role"
- Example: "a stellar role"
- Example: "a stellar performance"
[syn: leading(p), prima(p), star(p), starring(p), stellar(a)]
2. greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement;
- Example: "our greatest statesmen"
- Example: "the country's leading poet"
- Example: "a preeminent archeologist"
[syn: leading(a), preeminent]
3. going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way;
- Example: "we rode in the leading car"
- Example: "the leading edge of technology"
4. having the leading position or higher score in a contest;
- Example: "he is ahead by a pawn"
- Example: "the leading team in the pennant race"
[syn: ahead(p), in the lead, leading]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lead \Lead\ (l[e^]d), 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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Print.) To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lead \Lead\ (l[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Led (l[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Leading.] [OE. leden, AS. l[=ae]dan (akin to OS. l[=e]dian, D. leiden, G. leiten, Icel. le[imac][eth]a, Sw. leda, Dan. lede), properly a causative fr. AS. li[eth]an to go; akin to OHG. l[imac]dan, Icel. l[imac][eth]a, Goth. lei[thorn]an (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. [1913 Webster] If a blind man lead a blind man, both fall down in the ditch. --Wyclif (Matt. xv. 14.) [1913 Webster] They thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill. --Luke iv. 29. [1913 Webster] In thy right hand lead with thee The mountain nymph, sweet Liberty. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way. --Ex. xiii. 21. [1913 Webster] He leadeth me beside the still waters. --Ps. xxiii. 2. [1913 Webster] This thought might lead me through the world's vain mask. Content, though blind, had I no better guide. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Christ took not upon him flesh and blood that he might conquer and rule nations, lead armies, or possess places. --South. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] As Hesperus, that leads the sun his way. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster] And lo ! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest. --Leigh Hunt. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] He was driven by the necessities of the times, more than led by his own disposition, to any rigor of actions. --Eikon Basilike. [1913 Webster] Silly women, laden with sins, led away by divers lusts. --2 Tim. iii. 6 (Rev. Ver.). [1913 Webster] 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). [1913 Webster] That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life. --1 Tim. ii. 2. [1913 Webster] Nor thou with shadowed hint confuse A life that leads melodious days. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] You remember . . . the life he used to lead his wife and daughter. --Dickens. [1913 Webster] 7. (Cards & Dominoes) To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Leading \Lead"ing\, n. 1. The act of guiding, directing, governing, or enticing; guidance. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Suggestion; hint; example. [Archaic] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Leading \Lead"ing\, a. Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example. -- Lead"ing*ly, adv. [1913 Webster] Leading case (Law), a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law of the question involved. --Abbott. Leading motive [a translation of G. leitmotif] (Mus.), a guiding theme; in the musical drama of Wagner, a marked melodic phrase or short passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label. Also called leitmotif or leitmotiv. Leading note (Mus.), the seventh note or tone in the ascending major scale; the sensible note. Leading question, a question so framed as to guide the person questioned in making his reply. Leading strings, strings by which children are supported when beginning to walk. To be in leading strings, to be in a state of infancy or dependence, or under the guidance of others. Leading wheel, a wheel situated before the driving wheels of a locomotive engine. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
/ledding/ The spacing between lines of text. This is defined when a font is designed but can often be altered in order to change the appearance of the text or for special effects. It is measured in points and is normally 120% of the height of the text. See also kerning, tracking. (1996-06-07)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
161 Moby Thesaurus words for "leading": absolute, all-absorbing, antecedent, anterior, arch, ascendant, at the head, authoritarian, authoritative, authority, authorized, autocratic, banner, best, boss, capital, cardinal, central, champion, chief, clothed with authority, command, commanding, competent, conduct, consequential, considerable, control, controlling, crowning, directing, direction, directive, directorial, directory, dominant, duly constituted, eminent, empowered, ex officio, exordial, first, focal, fore, foregoing, forehand, foremost, forward, front, frontal, general, governance, governing, government, great, greatest, guidance, guiding, handling, head, heading, headmost, hegemonic, hegemonistic, highest, husbandry, imperative, important, in ascendancy, in charge, in chief, in the ascendant, inaugural, influential, initial, initiatory, lead, magisterial, maiden, main, management, managerial, managery, managing, manipulation, master, matchless, mighty, momentous, monocratic, noted, notorious, official, ordering, outstanding, overriding, overruling, paramount, peerless, pilotage, popular, potent, powerful, precedent, preceding, precessional, precursory, predominant, predominate, preeminent, prefatory, preliminary, preludial, prelusive, premier, preparatory, prepollent, preponderant, preponderate, prepotent, prestigious, prevailing, prevalent, prevenient, primal, primary, prime, principal, prior, proemial, prominent, propaedeutic, puissant, ranking, regnant, regulating, regulation, regulative, regulatory, reigning, ruling, running, senior, sovereign, star, steerage, steering, stellar, substantial, supereminent, superior, supreme, the conn, the helm, the wheel, topflight, topmost, totalitarian, unsurpassed, uppermost, weighty