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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