from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Opening or introductory matter: The joke served as a lead-in to a discussion of more serious matters.
  • n. A program, as on television, scheduled to precede another.
  • n. The wire that connects an outdoor antenna to an electronic transmitter or receiver.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An introduction, something that leads into the beginning of something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a wire connecting an antenna to a receiver or a transmitter to a transmission line.
  • n. The short segment of a program or program script introducing and immediately preceding another part of the program or a commercial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the introductory section of a story
  • n. wire connecting an antenna to a receiver or a transmitter to a transmission line


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