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lead

noun

1 lead

An advantage held by a competitor in a race.

Roget 208: depth; deepness etc. adj.; profundity, depression etc. (concavity) 252.    hollow, pit, shaft, well, ... show more

Roget 33: superiority, majority; greatness etc. 31; advantage; pull; preponderance, preponderation; vantage ground, prevalence, partiality; personal superiority; nobility ... show more

Roget 319: gravity, gravitation; weight; heaviness etc. adj.; specific gravity; pondorosity, pressure, load; burden, burthen; ballast, counterpoise; ... show more

Roget 737a: government, legal authority, soveriegn, sovereign authority; authority etc. 737; master etc. 745; direction etc. 693.    [nations] ... show more

Dutch: koppositie, leiding
Polish: przodownictwo



2 lead

A soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey:
— The children were playing with lead soldiers.

synonyms: atomic number 82, Pb.

Dutch: ik zoek een baan, lood
Polish: ołów, Pb

3 lead

Evidence pointing to a possible solution:
— The police are following a promising lead.

synonyms: track, trail.

4 lead

A position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (especially in the phrase `take the lead').

5 lead

The angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile).

6 lead

The introductory section of a story:
— It was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter.

synonyms: lead-in, lede.

Polish: główka artykułu, lead, lid

7 lead

sports The score by which a team or individual is winning.

8 lead

An actor who plays a principal role.

synonyms: principal, star.

Dutch: hoofdrolspeler

9 lead

baseball The position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base.

10 lead

An indication of potential opportunity:
— A good lead for a job.

synonyms: confidential information, hint, steer, tip, wind.

Polish: cynk

11 lead

A news story of major importance.

synonym: lead story.

12 lead

The timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine.

synonym: spark advance.

13 lead

Restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal.

synonyms: leash, tether.

Dutch: lijn
Polish: uwięź

14 lead

Thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing.

synonym: leading.

Dutch: blij, dieplood, interlinie, stift

15 lead

Mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil.

synonym: pencil lead.

Dutch: stift
Polish: grafit

16 lead

A jumper that consists of a short piece of wire:
— It was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads.

synonyms: booster cable, jumper cable, jumper lead.

Dutch: startkabel

17 lead

The playing of a card to start a trick in bridge.

verb

1 lead

Take somebody somewhere:
— We lead him to our chief.

synonyms: conduct, direct, guide, take.

Roget 693: direct, manage, govern, conduct; order, prescribe, cut out work for; bead, lead; lead the way, show the way; take the lead, lead on; regulate, ... show more

Dutch: leiden, voeren

2 lead

Produce as a result or residue.

synonyms: leave, result.

Dutch: achterlaten, nalaten

3 lead

Tend to or result in.

4 lead

Travel in front of; go in advance of others.

synonym: head.

Roget 62: precede; come before, come first; head, lead, take the lead; lead the way, lead the dance; be in the vanguard; introduce, usher in; have the pas; set the fashion etc. ... show more

5 lead

Cause to undertake a certain action.

Dutch: vooroplopen

6 lead

Stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point.

synonyms: extend, go, pass, run.

7 lead

Be in charge of.

synonym: head.

Dutch: aanvoeren, leiden

8 lead

Be ahead of others; be the first.

synonym: top.

Dutch: aanvoeren, leiden, vooroplopen

9 lead

Be conducive to:
— The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing.

synonyms: conduce, contribute.

Roget 176: tend, contribute, conduce, lead, dispose, incline, verge, bend to, trend, affect, carry, redound to, bid fair to, gravitate towards; ... show more

Dutch: bijdragen

10 lead

Lead, as in the performance of a composition.

synonyms: conduct, direct.

Dutch: voorlopen, vooroplopen

11 lead

Lead, extend, or afford access.

synonym: go.

Dutch: leiden, lopen, uitgeven, uitkomen, voeren

12 lead

Move ahead (of others) in time or space.

synonym: precede.

Dutch: voorgaan, voorlopen

13 lead

Cause something to pass or lead somewhere.

synonym: run.

14 lead

Preside over.

synonyms: chair, moderate.

Dutch: presideren, voorzitten


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