from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a position in the lead; foremost: the leading candidate.
- adj. Chief; principal: the leading cause of high inflation. See Synonyms at chief.
- adj. Of or performing a lead in a theatrical production: a leading role; a leading lady.
- adj. Formulated so as to elicit a desired response: a leading question.
- n. A border or rim of lead, as around a windowpane.
- n. Printing The spacing between lines, usually measured in points.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Vertical space added between lines; line spacing
- v. Present participle of lead.
- adj. Providing guidance or direction.
- adj. Ranking first.
- adj. Occurring in advance; preceding.
- n. An act by which one is led or guided
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost
- n. The act of guiding, directing, governing, or enticing; guidance.
- n. Suggestion; hint; example.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of conducting or guiding; conduct; leadership; command.
- n. Ability to lead; commanding quality or capacity.
- n. A directing influence or guidance; especially, a spiritual indication of the proper course of action in any case: a term used by the Friends or Quakers.
- Guiding; conducting; preceding; hence, serving as a precedent.
- Attracting; drawing: as, a leading article among shopkeepers (that is, something offered as a special inducement to customers, for its attractiveness or its cheapness, or both).
- Chief; principal; capital; most influential: as, a leading motive in action; a leading man in a party.
- n. Lead-work; the leads, as of a house; articles of lead collectively.
- n. Milit., the clogging of the grooves of a rifle by lead from the bullets.
- In naval architecture, said of the edge or end of a surface or blade, as a propellerblade, which is in advance when moving through water: opposed to following.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
- adj. going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way
- n. the activity of leading
- adj. greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
- adj. having the leading position or higher score in a contest
- adj. indicating the most important performer or role
From lead (chemical element). (Wiktionary)
From Old English lǣdan, probably a causative form of liþan ("travel"). (Wiktionary)