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.

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Origin of leading

1
1250–1300; Middle English (noun); see lead1, -ing2, -ing1

SYNONYMS FOR leading

3 ruling, governing.

OTHER WORDS FROM leading

lead·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for leading (2 of 2)

leading2
[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for leading (1 of 2)

leading1
/ (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 forms of leading

leadingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for leading (2 of 2)

leading2
/ (ˈlɛdɪŋ) /

noun

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