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Definitions of lead:
  • noun:   the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
    Example: "The lead was in the dummy"
  • noun:   a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')
    Example: "He takes the lead in any group"
  • 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:   an advantage held by a competitor in a race
    Example: "He took the lead at the last turn"
  • noun:   evidence pointing to a possible solution
    Example: "The police are following a promising lead"
  • noun:   the introductory section of a story
    Example: "It was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter"
  • noun:   a news story of major importance
  • noun:   (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
    Example: "He took a long lead off first"
  • 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 gray
    Example: "The children were playing with lead soldiers"
  • noun:   the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
  • noun:   an indication of potential opportunity
    Example: "A good lead for a job"
  • noun:   a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
    Example: "It was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
  • noun:   restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  • noun:   an actor who plays a principal role
  • verb:   tend to or result in
    Example: "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
  • verb:   be ahead of others; be the first
  • verb:   pass or spend
    Example: "Lead a good life"
  • verb:   cause to undertake a certain action
  • verb:   travel in front of; go in advance of others
  • verb:   take somebody somewhere
    Example: "We lead him to our chief"
  • verb:   be in charge of
  • verb:   be conducive to
    Example: "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
  • verb:   lead, extend, or afford access
  • verb:   cause something to pass or lead somewhere
  • verb:   lead, as in the performance of a composition
  • verb:   move ahead (of others) in time or space
  • verb:   result in
  • verb:   preside over
  • verb:   stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

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