lead
noun.
an advantage held by a competitor in a race
he took the lead at the last turn
noun.
a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey
the children were playing with lead soldiers
noun.
evidence pointing to a possible solution
the police are following a promising lead|the trail led straight to the perpetrator
Synonym: track, trail
noun.
a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (especially in the phrase `take the lead')
he takes the lead in any group|we were just waiting for someone to take the lead|they didn't follow our lead
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.
the introductory section of a story
it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter
Synonym: lede, lead-in
noun.
(sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
noun.
an actor who plays a principal role
Synonym: principal, star
noun.
(baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
he took a long lead off first
noun.
an indication of potential opportunity
he got a tip on the stock market|a good lead for a job
noun.
a news story of major importance
Synonym: lead story
noun.
the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
Synonym: spark advance
noun.
restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
Synonym: tether, leash
noun.
thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
Synonym: leading
noun.
mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
Synonym: pencil lead
noun.
a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads
noun.
the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
the lead was in the dummy
verb.
take somebody somewhere
We lead him to our chief|can you take me to the main entrance?|He conducted us to the palace
Synonym: take, guide, direct, conduct
verb.
produce as a result or residue
The water left a mark on the silk dress|Her blood left a stain on the napkin
Synonym: leave, result
verb.
tend to or result in
This remark lead to further arguments among the guests
verb.
travel in front of; go in advance of others
The procession was headed by John
Synonym: head
verb.
cause to undertake a certain action
Her greed led her to forge the checks
verb.
stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
Service runs all the way to Cranbury|His knowledge doesn't go very far|My memory extends back to my fourth year of life|The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets
Synonym: run, pass, go, extend
verb.
be in charge of
Who is heading this project?
Synonym: head
verb.
be ahead of others; be the first
she topped her class every year
Synonym: top
verb.
be conducive to
The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing
verb.
lead, as in the performance of a composition
conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years
Synonym: conduct, direct
verb.
lead, extend, or afford access
This door goes to the basement|The road runs South
Synonym: go
verb.
move ahead (of others) in time or space
Synonym: precede
verb.
cause something to pass or lead somewhere
Run the wire behind the cabinet
Synonym: run
verb.
preside over
John moderated the discussion
Synonym: moderate, chair
Antonym: deficit