led

[ led ]
/ lɛd /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of lead1.

OTHER WORDS FROM led

un·led, adjectivewell-led, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH led

lead led

Definition for led (2 of 4)

LED
[ el-ee-dee, led ]
/ ˈɛlˌiˈdi, lɛd /

noun

light-emitting diode: a semiconductor diode that emits light when conducting current and is used in electronic displays, indoor and outdoor lighting, etc.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH LED

LCD LED

Definition for led (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 for lead

1. See guide.

Definition for led (4 of 4)

lead2
[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM lead

lead·less, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lead

lead led
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British Dictionary definitions for led (1 of 4)

led
/ (lɛd) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of lead 1

British Dictionary definitions for led (2 of 4)

LED
/ electronics /

abbreviation for

light-emitting diode

British Dictionary definitions for led (3 of 4)

lead1
/ (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 led (4 of 4)

lead2
/ (lɛd) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of lead

leadless, adjectiveleady, adjective

Word Origin for lead

Old English; related to Dutch lood, German Lot
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Science definitions for led (1 of 2)

LED
[ ĕl′ē-dē, lĕd ]

Short for light-emitting diode. An electronic semiconductor device that emits light when an electric current passes through it. They are considerably more efficient than incandescent bulbs, and rarely burn out. LEDs are used in many applications such as flat-screen video displays, and increasingly as general sources of light. See also semiconductor laser.

Science definitions for led (2 of 2)

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 led

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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