leading

1
[ lee-ding ]
/ ˈli dɪŋ /

adjective

chief; principal; most important; foremost: a leading toy manufacturer.
coming in advance of others; first: We rode in the leading car.
directing, guiding.

noun

the act of a person or thing that leads.

Origin of leading

1
1250–1300; Middle English (noun); see lead1, -ing2, -ing1
Related formslead·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for leading (2 of 4)

leading

2
[ led-ing ]
/ ˈlɛd ɪŋ /

noun

a covering or framing of lead: the leading of a stained-glass window.
Printing. lead2(def 7).

Origin of leading

2
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at lead2, -ing1

Definition for leading (3 of 4)

Origin of lead

1
before 900; Middle English leden, Old English lǣdan (causative of līthan to go, travel); cognate with Dutch leiden, German leiten, Old Norse leitha

Synonym study

1. See guide.

Definition for leading (4 of 4)

lead

2
[ led ]
/ lɛd /

noun

verb (used with object)

adjective

made of or containing lead: a lead pipe; a lead compound.

Origin of lead

2
before 900; Middle English lede, Old English lēad; cognate with Dutch lood, Old Frisian lād lead, German Lot plummet
Related formslead·less, adjective
Can be confusedlead led
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British Dictionary definitions for leading (1 of 4)

leading

1
/ (ˈliːdɪŋ) /

adjective

guiding, directing, or influencing
(prenominal) principal or primary
in the first positionthe leading car in the procession
maths (of a coefficient) associated with the term of highest degree in a polynomial containing one variablein 5x² + 2x + 3, 5 is the leading coefficient
Derived Formsleadingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for leading (2 of 4)

leading

2
/ (ˈlɛdɪŋ) /

noun

printing the spacing between lines of photocomposed or digitized typeAlso called: interlinear spacing

British Dictionary definitions for leading (3 of 4)

lead

1
/ (liːd) /

verb leads, leading or led (lɛd)

noun

Word Origin for lead

Old English lǣdan; related to līthan to travel, Old High German līdan to go

British Dictionary definitions for leading (4 of 4)

lead

2
/ (lɛd) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsleadless, adjectiveleady, adjective

Word Origin for lead

Old English; related to Dutch lood, German Lot
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Science definitions for leading

lead

[ lĕd ]

Pb

A soft, ductile, heavy, bluish-gray metallic element that is extracted chiefly from galena. It is very durable and resistant to corrosion and is a poor conductor of electricity. Lead is used to make radiation shielding and containers for corrosive substances. It was once commonly used in pipes, solder, roofing, paint, and antiknock compounds in gasoline, but its use in these products has been curtailed because of its toxicity. Atomic number 82; atomic weight 207.2; melting point 327.5°C; boiling point 1,744°C; specific gravity 11.35; valence 2, 4. See Periodic Table. See Note at element.
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Idioms and Phrases with leading

lead


In addition to the idioms beginning with lead

  • lead a chase
  • lead a dog's life
  • lead a double life
  • lead by the nose
  • lead down the garden path
  • leading light
  • leading question
  • lead off
  • lead on
  • lead one to
  • lead the way
  • lead up the garden path
  • lead up to
  • lead with one's chin

also see:

  • all roads lead to Rome
  • blind leading the blind
  • get the lead out of
  • go over (like a lead balloon)
  • put lead in one's pencil
  • you can lead a horse to water
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