leading
noun.
thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
Synonym: lead
noun.
the activity of leading
his leadership inspired the team
Synonym: leadership
adj.
going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way
we rode in the leading car|the leading edge of technology
adj.
indicating the most important performer or role
the leading man|prima ballerina|prima donna|a star figure skater|the starring role|a stellar role|a stellar performance
adj.
greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
our greatest statesmen|the country's leading poet|a preeminent archeologist
Synonym: preeminent
adj.
having the leading position or higher score in a contest
he is ahead by a pawn|the leading team in the pennant race
Synonym: ahead, in the lead
Antonym: following