lead


lead
I.
/lid / (say leed)

verb (led, leading)
verb (t)
1. (led, leading) ) to take or conduct on the way; go before or with to show the way.
2. to conduct by holding and guiding: to lead a horse by a rope.
3. (led, leading) ) to guide in direction, course, action, opinion, etc.; to influence or induce: too easily led.
4. (led, leading) ) to conduct or bring (water, wire, etc.) in a particular course.
5. (led, leading) ) Law to call or present (evidence).
6. (led, leading) ) (of a road, passage, etc.) to serve to bring (a person, etc.) to a place through a region, etc.
7. (led, leading) ) to take or bring: the prisoners were led in.
8. (led, leading) ) to be at the head of, command, or direct (an army, organisation, etc.).
9. (led, leading) ) to go at the head of or in advance of (a procession, list, body, etc.); to be first in or go before.
10. (led, leading) ) to have the directing or principal part in (a movement, proceedings, etc.).
11. (led, leading) ) to begin or open, as a dance, discussion, etc.
12. (led, leading) ) to act as leader of (an orchestra, etc.).
13. (led, leading) ) to go through or pass (life, etc.): to lead a dreary existence.
14. (led, leading) ) Cards to begin a round, etc., with (a card or suit specified).
15. (led, leading) ) to aim and fire a firearm or gun ahead of (a moving target) in order to allow for the travel of the target and time of flight of the bullet or shell in reaching it.
verb (i)
16. to act as a guide; show the way.
17. to be led, or submit to being led, as an animal.
18. to afford passage to a place, etc., as a road, stairway, or the like.
19. to go first; be in advance.
20. to take the directing or principal part.
21. Boxing to take the offensive by striking at an opponent.
22. Australian Rules (of a forward) to make a lead (def. 29).
noun
23. the first or foremost place; position in advance of others.
24. the extent of advance.
25. something that leads.
26. the animals at the front of a moving mob.
27. a thong or line for holding a dog or other animal in check.
28. a guiding indication; clue: *What seems unimportant to you could be a really good lead for me. –sally morgan, 1987.
29. Australian Rules a sudden move by a forward away from the person on the mark so as to give a teammate an opportunity to pass the ball.
30. precedence.
31. Theatre
a. the principal part in a play.
b. the person who plays it.
32. Cards
a. the act or right of playing first, as in a round.
b. the card, suit, etc., so played.
33. Journalism a short summary serving as an introduction to a news story or article.
34. Electricity a single conductor, often flexible and insulated, used in connections between pieces of electrical apparatus.
35. Engineering the interval by which a periodic signal precedes another signal of the same phase.
36. Boxing the act of taking the offensive by striking at an opponent.
37. Nautical the course of a rope.
38. leadblock.
39. (plural) Nautical beacons or lights set in line for sighting, to enable a ship to steer through a narrow channel.
40. a track or route, especially one followed by travelling stock.
41. an open channel through a field of ice.
42. Mining
a.lode.
b. an auriferous deposit in an old river-bed.
43. the act of aiming a firearm or gun ahead of a target moving across the line of fire.
adjective
44. solo or dominating as in a musical structure: lead singer; lead guitar; lead break.
45. (of an animal) acting as a leader to the rest: lead horse; lead steer.
phrase
46. have someone on a short lead, Colloquial to limit the independent activities of someone.
47. in the lead, ahead of others; in advance of others.
48. lead nowhere, to be an unprofitable and unproductive activity, course of action, etc.
49. lead off,
a. to take the initiative.
b. Cards to make the first play.
50. lead someone a merry chase (or dance), to cause someone unnecessary difficulty or trouble.
51. lead someone by the nose, to enforce one's will on someone, especially unpleasantly.
52. lead someone on, to induce or encourage someone to a detrimental or undesirable course of action.
53. lead (the) evidence, Law to produce evidence in support of one's argument.
54. lead the way, to go in advance of others, especially as a guide.
55. lead the witness, Law to guide the witness to give the answer the interrogator wishes to hear.
56. lead to (or towards), to afford a passage to (a place, etc.), as a road, stairway, or the like.
57. lead up to, to prepare gradually for.
58. on the lead, at the head of travelling stock.
59. take the lead, to move out in front of others, either to show the way or to win a race.
{Middle English leden, Old English lǣdan (causative of līþan go, travel)
II.
[c]/lɛd / (say led)

noun
1. Chemistry a heavy, comparatively soft, malleable bluish-grey metal, sometimes found native, but usually combined as sulphide, in galena. Symbol: Pb; relative atomic mass: 207.19; atomic number: 82; density: 11.34 at 20°C.
2. something made of this metal or one of its alloys.
3. a plumb-bob or mass of lead suspended by a line, as for taking soundings.
4. bullets; shot.
5. black lead or graphite.
6. a small stick of this as used in pencils.
7. Also, leading. Printing a thin strip of type metal or brass, less than type high, for increasing the space between lines of type.
8. frames of lead in which panes are fixed, as in windows of stained glass.
9. (plural) sheets or strips of lead used for covering roofs.
10. See red lead. See white lead.
11. Obsolete a cauldron.
verb (t)
12. to cover, line, weight, treat, or impregnate with lead or one of its compounds.
13. Printing to insert leads between the lines of.
14. to fix (window glass) in position with leads.
adjective
15. containing or made of lead.
phrase
16. fill someone full of lead, Colloquial to shoot someone numerous times with a gun.
17. go down like a lead balloon, Colloquial to fail dismally; fail to elicit the desired response.
18. have a lead foot, Colloquial to be given to driving too fast.
19. heave the lead, Nautical to take a sounding with a lead.
20. lead in one's pencil, Colloquial (of a male) sexual vigour; virility.
21. swing the lead,
a. Obsolete (in sailing ships) to take soundings using a plumb-bob.
b. Colloquial to be idle when there is work to be done.
{Phrase Origin: from the idea that taking soundings was an easy job}
{Middle English lede, Old English lēad, related to German Lot plumb-bob}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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