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Chemical element
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  • Pertaining to the element: Old English lēad, from West Germanic *loudhom, from a Proto-Indo-European base *plou(d)- ‘to flow’. Cognate with Dutch lood, German Lot ‘plummet, sounding lead’, Swedish and Danish lod.
  • Pertaining to leadership: Old English l?dan, probably a causative form of liþan ‘travel’. Cognate with Dutch leiden, German leiten, Swedish leda, Danish lede.


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metal element[edit]

  1. (pos-n, uncountable, chemistry) 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).

plummet used in sounding at sea[edit]

  1. (pos-n, countable) A plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea.

thin strip to separate printing type[edit]

  1. Template:pos-n A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing.

covering for roofs[edit]

  1. Template:pos-n Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs.

roof covered with lead[edit]

  1. (pos-n, plural) A roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates.

black lead used in pencils[edit]

  1. (pos-n, countable) A cylinder of black lead or plumbago used in pencils.

fill with lead[edit]

  1. Template:pos-vt To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.

place leads between lines in printing[edit]

  1. (pos-vt, printing) To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter.

guide by hand[edit]

  1. Template:pos-vt 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.

show the way[edit]

  1. Template:pos-vt 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.
  2. Template:pos-vt 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
  3. Template:pos-vt 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.
  4. Template:pos-vt 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.
  5. Template:pos-vt 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).
  6. Template:pos-vt (cards, dominoes) To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led.
  7. Template:pos-vi 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 the transitive verb.
  8. Template:pos-vi To be ahead of others, e.g., in a race
  9. Template:pos-vi To have the highest interim score in a game
  10. Template:pos-vi To be more advanced in technology or business than others
  11. Template:pos-vi 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.
  12. Template:pos-vi To lead off or out, to go first; to begin.
  13. (pos-n, uncountable) The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another.
  14. (pos-n, 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.
  15. (pos-n, baseball) When a runner steps away from a base while waiting for the pitch to be thrown.
  16. (pos-n, 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.
  17. (pos-n, countable) A channel of open water in an ice field.
  18. (pos-n, countable) (mining) A lode.
  19. (pos-n, nautical) The course of a rope from end to end.
  20. (pos-n) A rope, leather strap, or similar device with which to lead an animal; a leash.
  21. (pos-n) 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.
  22. (pos-n, civil engineering) The distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.
  23. (pos-n, horology) The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet. — Claudias Saunier
  24. (pos-n) Information obtained by a detective or police officer that allows him or her to discover further details about a crime or incident.
  25. (pos-n) Information obtained by a news reporter about an issue or subject that allows him or her to discover more details.
  26. (pos-n, uncountable, typography) Vertical space in advance of a row or between rows of text. Also known as leading.
  27. (pos-n, curling) The player who throws the first two rocks for a team.
  28. (pos-n, marketing) A potential customer.
  29. (pos-n, newspapers) A teaser; a lead in; the start of a newpaper column, telling who, what, when, where, why and how.
  30. (pos-a, not comparable) Foremost.



  • I would have the tower two stories, and goodly leads upon the top. — Bacon
  • If a blind man lead a blind man, both fall down in the ditch. — John Wyclif on Matthew 15:14
  • They thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill. — Luke 4:29
  • In thy right hand lead with thee The mountain nymph, sweet Liberty. — John Milton
  • The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way. — Exodus 13:21
  • He leadeth me beside the still waters. — Psalms 23:2
  • This thought might lead me through the world’s vain mask. Content, though blind, had I no better guide. — Milton.
  • Christ took not upon him flesh and blood that he might conquer and rule nations, lead armies, or possess places. Robert South?. could be Wilton or Eudora.
  • As Hesperus, that leads the sun his way. — Fairfax.
  • And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest. — Leigh Hunt
  • 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 Timothy 3:6 (Revised version).
  • That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life. — 1 Timothy 2:2
  • Nor thou with shadowed hint confuse A life that leads melodious days. — Alfred Tennyson
  • You remember . . . the life he used to lead his wife and daughter. — Charles Dickens
  • The mountain foot that leads towards Mantua. — Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona V-ii
  • At the time I speak of, and having a momentary lead, . . . I am sure I did my country important service. — Edmund Burke


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Adjective: person or thing in lead:





A compound of the coverb le abd the verb ad.


lead (inf.: leadni)

  1. To pass down, to hand down, to turn in, to drop off.

Old English[edit]


West Germanic *lauda


lead n

  1. lead