Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of conducting or guiding; conduct; leadership; command.
  • noun Ability to lead; commanding quality or capacity.
  • noun A directing influence or guidance; especially, a spiritual indication of the proper course of action in any case: a term used by the Friends or Quakers.
  • noun Lead-work; the leads, as of a house; articles of lead collectively.
  • noun Milit., the clogging of the grooves of a rifle by lead from the bullets.
  • Guiding; conducting; preceding; hence, serving as a precedent.
  • Attracting; drawing: as, a leading article among shopkeepers (that is, something offered as a special inducement to customers, for its attractiveness or its cheapness, or both).
  • Chief; principal; capital; most influential: as, a leading motive in action; a leading man in a party.
  • In naval architecture, said of the edge or end of a surface or blade, as a propellerblade, which is in advance when moving through water: opposed to following.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of guiding, directing, governing, or enticing; guidance.
  • noun Archaic Suggestion; hint; example.
  • adjective Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost
  • adjective (Law) a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law of the question involved.
  • adjective (Mus.) a guiding theme; in the musical drama of Wagner, a marked melodic phrase or short passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label. Also called leitmotif or leitmotiv.
  • adjective (Mus.) the seventh note or tone in the ascending major scale; the sensible note.
  • adjective a question so framed as to guide the person questioned in making his reply.
  • adjective strings by which children are supported when beginning to walk.
  • adjective to be in a state of infancy or dependence, or under the guidance of others.
  • adjective a wheel situated before the driving wheels of a locomotive engine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun typography Vertical space added between lines; line spacing
  • verb Present participle of lead.
  • adjective Providing guidance or direction.
  • adjective Ranking first.
  • adjective Occurring in advance; preceding.
  • noun An act by which one is led or guided

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

  • noun thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
  • adjective going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way
  • noun the activity of leading
  • adjective greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
  • adjective having the leading position or higher score in a contest
  • adjective indicating the most important performer or role

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From lead (chemical element).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English lǣdan, probably a causative form of liþan ("travel").

Examples

  • The leading was more careful of her strength, more respectful of her timidity, -- was more strictly _leading_ than _pushing_, -- that was all.

    Say and Seal, Volume I

  • "But after the decisions made this week, I'm nevertheless confident that the governments will succeed in restoring financial stability," said Trichet in one of the final interviews of his term leading the ECB.

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  • That's according to Douglas County GOP Chairman Mark Baisley, who defeated a more moderate challenger to win another term leading the local organization he termed "the center of gravity of the Republican Party in Colorado and perhaps the nation."

    Frank McNulty Accused Of 'RINO' Behavior For Supporting A Moderate

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Kinect Star Wars , and more appeared in name only this morning, the links attached to the name leading to error pages.

    Gizmodo

  • Thank you for so boldly and visibly injecting into our politics the phrase "leading from behind."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • I do agree with that principle, I, however, find the term leading one back to man made creations of god, and I think that we then get on the slippery slope of a god being good, being bad, being like us.

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  • I do agree with that principle, I, however, find the term leading one back to man made creations of god, and I think that we then get on the slippery slope of a god being good, being bad, being like us.

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  • I do agree with that principle, I, however, find the term leading one back to man made creations of god, and I think that we then get on the slippery slope of a god being good, being bad, being like us.

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  • I do agree with that principle, I, however, find the term leading one back to man made creations of god, and I think that we then get on the slippery slope of a god being good, being bad, being like us.

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  • I do agree with that principle, I, however, find the term leading one back to man made creations of god, and I think that we then get on the slippery slope of a god being good, being bad, being like us.

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  • space between lines

    February 6, 2007

  • In the context of computer programming, the opposite of trailing.

    February 16, 2015