- a person or thing that leads.
- a guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group.
- a conductor or director, as of an orchestra, band, or chorus.
- the player at the head of the first violins in an orchestra, the principal cornetist in a band, or the principal soprano in a chorus, to whom any incidental solos are usually assigned.
- a featured article of trade, especially one offered at a low price to attract customers.Compare loss leader.
- blank film or tape at the beginning of a length of film or magnetic tape, used for threading a motion-picture camera, tape recorder, etc.Compare trailer(def 6).
- a length of nylon, silkworm gut, wire, or the like, to which the lure or hook is attached.
- the net used to direct fish into a weir, pound, etc.
- a pipe for conveying rain water downward, as from a roof; downspout.
- a horse harnessed at the front of a team.
- leaders, Printing. a row of dots or a short line to lead the eye across a space.
- Nautical. lead1(def 40b).
- a duct for conveying warm air from a hot-air furnace to a register or stack.
- Mining. a thin vein of ore connected with a large vein.
Origin of leader
Examples from the Web for leaderless
Organizations engaging in network are often diffuse, leaderless, and incredibly resilient.ISIS Is Winning the Online Jihad Against the West
Ali Fisher, Nico Prucha
October 1, 2014
We were also embraced by others in the leadership of this leaderless movement.A Year On: Occupy L.A. And God
September 28, 2012
Their very existence makes your spirit soar even as their weak, leaderless structure causes it to sink.Obama's Shrinking Presidency
October 9, 2011
The idea was that a leaderless Internet-enabled movement would prove impossible to defeat or even control.The Taliban-Al Qaeda Connection
October 16, 2009
How must such a leaderless community get ready for the next political battle?Hollywood’s Gay Powerati Are Fuming
November 11, 2008
Leaderless, they were helpless, and I believe they were happy in the change.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
There was just enough of bewildered, leaderless indecision to settle the matter.Two Arrows
William O. Stoddard
And yet it was not the absence of the former which had left them leaderless.Once to Every Man
Chicago is leaderless, purposeless, slovenly, down at the heels.Marching Men
They were dazed, leaderless, struggling to restrain themselves.The Devil's Own
- a person who rules, guides, or inspires others; head
- Also called (esp US and Canadian): concertmasterthe principal first violinist of an orchestra, who plays solo parts, and acts as the conductor's deputy and spokesman for the orchestra
- USa conductor or director of an orchestra or chorus
- the first man on a climbing rope
- the leading horse or dog in a team
- mainly US and Canadian an article offered at a sufficiently low price to attract customersSee also loss leader
- a statistic or index that gives an advance indication of the state of the economy
- Also called: leading article mainly British the leading editorial in a newspaper
- angling another word for trace 2 (def. 2), cast (def. 32a)
- nautical another term for fairlead
- a strip of blank film or tape used to facilitate threading a projector, developing machine, etc, and to aid identification
- (plural) printing rows of dots or hyphens used to guide the reader's eye across a page, as in a table of contents
- botany any of the long slender shoots that grow from the stem or branch of a tree: usually removed during pruning
- British a member of the Government having primary authority in initiating legislative business (esp in the phrases Leader of the House of Commons and Leader of the House of Lords)
- the senior barrister, usually a Queen's Counsel, in charge of the conduct of a caseCompare junior (def. 6)
Word Origin and History for leaderless
Old English lædere "one who leads," agent noun from lædan (see lead (v.)). As a title for the head of an authoritarian state, from 1918 (translating führer, Duce, caudillo, etc.). Meaning "writing or statement meant to begin a discussion or debate" is late 13c.; in modern use often short for leading article (1807) "opinion piece in a British newspaper" (leader in this sense attested from 1837).