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Usage statistics for the verb lead:

spoken English20.26%written English79.74% conversational speech15.43%task-oriented speech84.57% imaginative writing39.1%informational writing60.9%
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Lead is sometimes a misspelling of led or leading.

The word lead is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun lead

What does lead mean as a name of something?

Lead is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: leads

  1. an advantage held by a competitor in a race
    • example: he took the lead at the last turn
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: advantage / vantage = the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
  2. a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey
    • example: the children were playing with lead soldiers
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonyms of lead: atomic number 82 / Pb
    • more generic terms: metal / metallic element = any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
    • more specific terms:
    • substance of: cerussite / white lead ore = a mineral consisting of lead carbonate that is an important source of lead; galena = soft blue-grey mineral; lead sulfide
  3. evidence pointing to a possible solution
    • example: the police are following a promising lead
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of lead: track / trail
    • more generic words: evidence / grounds = your basis for belief or disbelief
  4. a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (especially in the phrase `take the lead')
    • examples: he takes the lead in any group | we were just waiting for someone to take the lead | they didn't follow our lead
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: leadership / leading = the activity of leading
  5. the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic word: angle = the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another
  6. the introductory section of a story
  7. (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
    • domain: athletics / sport
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • antonym: deficit
    • more generic word: score = a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
  8. an actor who plays a principal role
  9. (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
  10. an indication of potential opportunity
  11. a news story of major importance
  12. the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of lead: spark advance
    • more generic word: timing = the time when something happens
  13. restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  14. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of lead: leading
    • more generic words: slip / strip = artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
  15. mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
  16. a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
    • example: it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of lead: booster cable / jumper cable / jumper lead
    • more generic terms: jumper = a small connector used to make temporary electrical connections; conducting wire / wire = a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance
    • more specific term: clip lead = a short piece of wire with alligator clips on both ends
  17. the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
    • example: the lead was in the dummy
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: play / turn = the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
    • part of: card game / cards = a game played with playing cards

Alternative definition of the noun lead

noun

  1. [uncountable] A heavy, pliable, inelastic metal element, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished; both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity. It is easily fusible, forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic number 82, Atomic weight 206.4, Specific Gravity 11.37, Symbol Pb (from Latin plumbum).
  2. [countable] A plummet or mass of lead attached to a line, used in sounding depth at sea or [dated] to estimate velocity in knots.
  3. A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing.
  4. [context: uncountable, typography] Vertical space in advance of a row or between rows of text. Also known as leading.
  5. Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs.
  6. [context: plural 'leads'] A roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates.
  7. [countable] A thin cylinder of black lead or plumbago (graphite) used in pencils.
  8. [slang] bullets
  9. [uncountable] The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction, course; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another.
  10. [uncountable] Precedence; advance position; also, the measure of precedence; as, the white horse had the lead; a lead of a boat’s length, or of half a second; the state of being ahead in a race; the highest score in a game in an incomplete game.
  11. [countable] a metallic wire for electrical devices and equipments
  12. [baseball] When a runner steps away from a base while waiting for the pitch to be thrown
  13. [uncountable] (cards and dominoes) The act or right of playing first in a game or round; the card suit, or piece, so played; as, your partner has the lead.
  14. [countable] A channel of open water in an ice field.
  15. [context: countable, mining] A lode.
  16. [nautical] The course of a rope from end to end.
  17. A rope, leather strap, or similar device with which to lead an animal; a leash
  18. In a steam engine, The width of port opening which is uncovered by the valve, for the admission or release of steam, at the instant when the piston is at end of its stroke.
  19. charging lead
  20. [context: civil engineering] The distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.
  21. [context: horology] The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet. — Claudias Saunier
  22. Hypothesis that has not been pursued
  23. Information obtained by a detective or police officer that allows him or her to discover further details about a crime or incident.
  24. [context: marketing] Potential opportunity for a sale or transaction, a potential customer.
  25. Information obtained by a news reporter about an issue or subject that allows him or her to discover more details.
  26. [curling] The player who throws the first two rocks for a team.
  27. [newspapers] A teaser; a lead in; the start of a newspaper column, telling who, what, when, where, why and how. (Sometimes spelled as lede for this usage to avoid ambiguity.)
  28. [engineering] The axial distance a screw thread travels in one revolution. It is equal to the pitch times the number of starts.

Specialised definition of the noun lead

Glossary of sports / bowls

the first bowler in a team, who also bowls the jack (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / curling

the member of the rink who plays first (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the player who delivers stones first in an end for his or her team

Glossary of sports / equestrian

the leg that leads during the canter. The inside foreleg reaches the farthest during a correct lead

Definition of the adjective lead

What does lead mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective

  1. [not comparable] Foremost.

Definition of the verb lead

What does lead mean as a doing word?

Lead is one of the top 100 most common verbs. It is used mostly in writing, being one of the top 50 most common verbs in written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
ledledleadingleads

  1. take somebody somewhere
    • examples: We lead him to our chief | The men lead the horses across the field
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jackie accompanied Rose | Jackie chased the thief
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Spatial Preposition] [Destination]Jackie accompanied Rose to the store

      Verbs of Motion (with the same syntax): accompany, conduct, escort, guide, shepherd, steer.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of lead: conduct / direct / guide / take
    • more specific terms:
  2. produce as a result or residue
  3. tend to or result in
    • example: This remark lead to further arguments among the guests
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: leave / result = produce as a result or residue
    • more specific words:
  4. travel in front of; go in advance of others
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of lead: head
    • more generic word: precede = move ahead (of others) in time or space
    • more specific term: draw away = move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race
  5. cause to undertake a certain action
  6. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of lead: extend / go / pass / run
    • more generic word: be = occupy a certain position or area
    • more specific terms:
      • come = extend or reach
      • radiate / ray = extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center
      • go deep / go far = extend in importance or range
      • underrun = run or pass below
  7. be in charge of
    • example: They lead him to write the letter
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of lead: head
    • more generic word: direct = be in charge of
    • more specific terms:
  8. be ahead of others; be the first
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of lead: top
    • entailments: compete / contend / vie = compete for something; engage in a contest
  9. be conducive to
  10. lead, as in the performance of a composition
  11. lead, extend, or afford access
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of lead: go
    • more generic word: be = occupy a certain position or area
  12. move ahead (of others) in time or space
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of lead: precede
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
    • more specific word: head = travel in front of
  13. cause something to pass or lead somewhere
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of lead: run
    • more generic terms: make pass / pass = cause to pass
  14. preside over

Alternative definition of the verb lead

verb

  1. [transitive] To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.
  2. [transitive, printing] To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter.
  3. [transitive] To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact connection; as, a father leads a child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a blind man.
  4. [transitive] To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, especially by going with or going in advance of, to lead a pupil; to guide somebody somewhere or to bring somebody somewhere by means of instructions. Hence, figuratively: To direct; to counsel; to instruct; as, to lead a traveler.
  5. [transitive] To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or charge of; as, to lead an army, an exploring party, or a search; to lead a political party; to command, especially a military or business unit
  6. [transitive] To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be foremost or chief among; as, the big sloop led the fleet of yachts; the Guards led the attack; Demosthenes leads the orators of all ages.
  7. [transitive] To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure; as, to lead one to espouse a righteous cause.
  8. [transitive] To guide or conduct oneself in, through, or along (a certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to cause (one) to proceed or follow in (a certain course).
  9. [transitive, cards, dominoes] To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps
  10. [intransitive] To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preeminence; to be first or chief; — used in most of the senses of the transitive verb.
  11. [intransitive] To be ahead of others, e.g., in a race
  12. [intransitive] To have the highest interim score in a game
  13. [intransitive] To be more advanced in technology or business than others
  14. [intransitive] To tend or reach in a certain direction, or to a certain place; as, the path leads to the mill; gambling leads to other vices.
  15. [intransitive] To lead off or out, to go first; to begin.
  16. To produce.
  17. [baseball] To step off base and move towards the next base.
  18. [context: shooting] To aim in front of a moving target, in order that the shot may hit the target as it passes.

Specialised definition of the verb lead

Glossary of sports

to be ahead in a race or competition (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to aim something such as a ball at a point in front of a moving player to allow for the time of flight (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / baseball

to leave a base as a runner before a pitch (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / boxing

if a boxer leads with a particular fist, he habitually opens attacks with it (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Place

Lead is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 3,124 at the 2010 census. Lead is located in western South Dakota, in the Black Hills near the Wyoming state line.

Group

Lead is a Japanese hip-hop group, under the Record of Pony Canyon/ Flight Master. Their debut was on July 31, 2002 with their single Manatsu no Magic.

  • members:
  • genres: J-pop, Pop music, Hip hop music
  • albums: "真夏のMagic", ""Show me the way"", "FLY AWAY", "LIFE ON DA BEAT", "ファンキーデイズ!", "GET WILD LIFE", "Night Deluxe", "手のひらを太陽に/Delighted", "あたらしい季節へ", "ベイビーランニンワイルド", "STAND UP!", "SPEED STAR★", "Buddies", "Feel The Vibes"
  • official website: lead.tv

Characters

  1. Lead is a fictional character from the 2011 film Friday.
  2. Lead is a fictional character from the 2007 film Viva Sunita!.
  3. Lead is a fictional character from the 2003 film Vishnu.
  4. Lead is a fictional character from the 2011 film The Last Marble.
  5. Lead is a fictional character from the film Rachel.
  6. Lead is a fictional character from The Undercover Man.
  7. Lead is a fictional film character.
  8. Lead is a fictional character from the 1995 film The Last Post.
  9. Lead is a fictional character from the 2003 film Atomic Love.
  10. Lead is a fictional character from the 2007 film Triple Eight Palace.
  11. Lead is a fictional character from the 2013 film 400 Boys.
  12. Lead is a fictional character from Odour of Chrysanthemums.
  13. Lead is a fictional film character.
  14. Lead is a fictional character from Breath of Life.
  15. Lead is a fictional character from the 2011 film Voice Over.
  16. Lead is a fictional character from the 2001 film Rob by Nature.
  17. Lead is a fictional character from the 2012 film The Elephant.
  18. Lead is a fictional film character.
  19. Lead is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Lead Dog, Lead Actor, Lead Singer, Lead vocalist, Lead DEA Agent, Lead Counsel Malloy and Lead Blueberry Scout.

Music

  1. "Lead" is a musical album of Dr. Numa.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  2. "Lead" is a musical album of Sølyst.
    • released on

Writings

  1. "Lead" is a 2014 book by Kylie Scott.
  2. "Lead" is a book by Lorna Fewtrell.
    • also known as "Lead assessing the environmental burden of disease at national and local levels"
  3. "LEAD" is a book by Jean Bottcher.
    • also known as "LEAD: a boot camp and intensive parole program: an impact evaluation: second year findings"

Film

"Lead" a.k.a. "Churgoschin" is a 2011 drama film written and directed by Zulfikar Musakov.

Miscellanea

  1. Lead a.k.a. The lead vocalist or lead vocal is the member of a band who sings the main solo vocal portions of a song. The lead vocalist may also play one or more instruments, and is usually the "leader" of their group, often the spokesman in interviews and before the public. The lead vocalist is sometimes referred to as the frontman. For example, Robert Plant is the lead singer of Led Zeppelin.
  2. Lead: In electronics, a lead is an electrical connection consisting of a length of wire or metal pad that comes from a device. Leads are used for physical support, to transfer power, to probe circuits, to transmit information, and sometimes as a heatsink. The tiny leads coming off through-hole components are also often called pins.
    • also known as 引脚
  3. Lead refers to which set of legs, left or right, leads or advances forward to a greater extent when a quadruped animal is cantering, galloping, or leaping. The feet on the leading side touch the ground forward of its partner. On the "left lead", the animal's left legs lead. The choice of lead is of special interest in horse riding.
  4. Lead: A lead, lead line, lead rope or head collar rope, is used to lead an animal such as a horse. Usually, it is attached to a halter. The lead may be integral to the halter or, more often, separate. When separate, it is attached to the halter with a heavy clip or snap so that it can be added or removed as needed. A related term, lead shank or lead chain refers to a lead line with a chain attached that is used in a variety of ways to safely control possibly difficult or dangerous horses if they will not respond to a regular lead.
  5. Lead is the axial advance of a helix or screw during one complete turn The lead for a screw thread is the axial travel for a single revolution.
  6. Lead: A lead is a large fracture within an expanse of sea ice, defining a linear area of open water that can be used for navigation purposes. Leads vary in width from meters to hundreds of meters. As is the case for polynyas, leads allow the direct interaction between the atmosphere and the ocean, and are important for Arctic sea ice ecology. If the air is cold enough, the water within a lead quickly refreezes, such that in many cases, leads are partly or entirely covered by a thin layer of new ice.
  7. Lead: In curling, the lead is the person who delivers the first two stones of the end for their team. On most teams, where the lead does not act as skip or vice, the lead will sweep for each of his teammates. Because of the free-guard rule, which prevents leads from removing most of an opponents stones, leads are usually proficient at throwing guards and other draws, and throw few takeouts or other power shots. In some regions, such as Eastern Ontario and the Eastern United States, the lead is responsible for determining who has hammer, using random selection, such as flipping a coin. However, in most regions, this is the responsibility of the third.
  8. Lead: A lead in hydrocarbon exploration, is a subsurface structural or stratigraphic feature with the potential to have entrapped oil or natural gas. When exploring a new area, or when new data becomes available in existing acreage, an explorer will carry out an initial screening to identify possible leads. Further work is then concentrated on the leads with the intention to mature at least some of them into drillable prospects.
  9. Lead is a musical performance role.
  10. Lead: A rank or role. Added to a job title to indicate a leading role within a peer group.

Phrases with Lead

Phrases starting with the word Lead:

  1. lead on
  2. lead up
  3. lead-in
  4. Lead Dog
  5. lead off
  6. lead ore
  7. lead out
  8. Lead-Out
  9. lead bank
  10. lead line
  11. Lead Shot
  12. lead time
  13. lead tree

Phrases ending with the word Lead:

  1. to lead
  2. eka-lead
  3. pig lead
  4. red lead
  5. clip lead
  6. hard lead
  7. Jump Lead

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Lead

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Google previewSELL (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Lead is a chemical element in the carbon group with symbol Pb and atomic number 82. Lead is a soft and malleable...

A sales lead is the identification of a person or entity that has the interest and authority to ...

Google previewAir Quality Criteria for Lead (1986)

INTRODUCTION Lead is a gray- white metal of silvery luster that, because of its easy isolation and low melting point (327.5°C), was among the first of the metals to be placed in the service of ...

Google previewHarmonizing Yin and Yang (1997)

by Eva Wong

The true lead is the foundation of the mysterious water. Within it is the true quicksilver of the north. The Tsan-tung-chi says, ''White is the essence of metal and black is the foundation of water.'' Water is the pivot of the Tao. Its number is one and ...

Google previewDrinking Water

lead is a substance that can cause major health problems, especially for children.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, lead is the number one environmental threat to children.

Google previewMetallic Effluents of Industrial Origin in the Marine Environment (2012)

A report prepared for the Directorate-General for Industrial and Technological Affairs and for the Environment and Consumer Protection Service of the European Communities by l'Association Europeenne Oceanique by Association Européenne Océanique

Lead For many reasons, lead is an element of great interest.

Google previewBuilding Construction Illustrated (2014)

by Francis D. K. Ching

Lead is a heavy, soft, malleable, bluish-gray metallic element used for flashing, sound isolation, and radiation shielding. Although lead is the heaviest ofthe common metals, its pliability makes it desirable for application over uneven surfaces.

Google previewBiosorbents for Metal Ions (2002)

by D A John Wase, John Wase

Lead is a metal which is toxic to humans, aquatic fauna and livestock. In the aquatic environment it will exist mainly in the inorganic, divalent state. It can also exist in a tetravalent state (e.g. alkyl leads), and there is evidence that bacteria ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Brain and Brain Disorders (2009)

by Carol Turkington, Joseph Harris

lead poisoning and the brain 183 hemisphere that plays a primary role in speech production. Shortly afterward, German neurologist CARL WERNICKE identified another part of the left hemisphere primarily concerned with language ...

Google previewEisler's Encyclopedia of Environmentally Hazardous Priority Chemicals (2007)

by Ronald Eisler

Lead (Pb) has been known for centuries to be a cumulative metabolic poison; however, acute exposure is lessening. Of greater concern is the possibility that continuous exposure to low concentrations of the metal as a consequence of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge (1806)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

LEAD. »./. [lad, Saxon.] 1. Lead is the heaviest metal except gold and quicksilver. Lend is the softest of all the metals, and very little subject to rust. The weakest acids are the best solvents for lend; it diPolves very readily in aqua fortis diluted ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

gravity 4*165 to 5*545 : Texture compact : Effervesces with nitric ,ind muriatic acids: Easily reduced by the blow-pipe, leaving a black flag, unless the lead be mixed with too great a proportion of earth. "Geni>s11I.

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Usage statistics for the verb lead:

spoken English20.26%written English79.74% conversational speech15.43%task-oriented speech84.57% imaginative writing39.1%informational writing60.9%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun lead:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the noun lead and its most common antonym:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb lead:

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Scrabble value of L1E1A1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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