Definition of LEAD

  1. (verb)take somebody somewhere
  2. (verb)produce as a result or residue
  3. (verb)tend to or result in
  4. (verb)travel in front of; go in advance of others
  5. (verb)cause to undertake a certain action
  6. (verb)stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
  7. (verb)be in charge of
  8. (verb)be ahead of others; be the first
  9. (verb)be conducive to
  10. (verb)lead, as in the performance of a composition
  11. (verb)lead, extend, or afford access
  12. (verb)move ahead (of others) in time or space
  13. (verb)cause something to pass or lead somewhere
  14. (verb)preside over
  15. (noun)an advantage held by a competitor in a race
  16. (noun)evidence pointing to a possible solution
  17. (noun)a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (especially in the phrase `take the lead')
  18. (noun)the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
  19. (noun)the introductory section of a story
  20. (noun)(sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
  21. (noun)an actor who plays a principal role
  22. (noun)(baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
  23. (noun)an indication of potential opportunity
  24. (noun)a news story of major importance
  25. (noun)the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
  26. (noun)restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  27. (noun)thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
  28. (noun)a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
  29. (noun)the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
  30. (noun)a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey
  31. (noun)mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil