- The definition of leading is a person or thing in the first, major or primary position or role.
- An example of leading is a woman playing Evita Peron in a Broadway production of Evita; a leading role.
- An example of leading is more women dying from heart disease than anything else in the world; a leading cause of death.
- Leading is defined as a lead covering or border, or the spacing between lines of print.
- An example of a leading is the lead glaze on a crystal glass.
- An example of leading is the border around the panes of glass in a stained glass window.
- An example of leading is a 15 point line spacing, which is 12 point type with a 3 point tall empty space between the lines.
Leading is the black borders around each piece of stained glass.
- a covering or being covered with lead
- strips or sheets of lead, collectively
- that leads; guiding
- principal; chief
- playing the lead in a play, film, etc.
- Having a position in the lead; foremost: the leading runner in the race.
- Chief; principal: the leading cause of high inflation. See Synonyms at chief.
- Of or performing a lead in a theatrical production: a leading role; a leading lady.
- Formulated so as to elicit a desired response: a leading question.
- A border or rim of lead, as around a windowpane.
- Printing The spacing between lines, usually measured in points.
- Present participle of lead.
(comparative more leading, superlative most leading)
- Providing guidance or direction.
- Avoiding leading questions if you really want the truth.
- Ranking first.
- He is a leading supplier of plumbing supplies in the county.
- Occurring in advance; preceding.
- The stock market can be a leading economic indicator.
- An act by which one is led or guided
From Old English lǣdan, probably a causative form of liþan (“travel”).
- (typography) Vertical space added between lines; line spacing
From lead (chemical element).
leading - Computer Definition
Pronounced "ledding." In typography, the vertical spacing between lines of type (between baselines). The name comes from the early hot-metal days of typesetting when the space was achieved with thin bars of lead. Leading is measured in points and includes the point size of the typeface and the actual space between the lines. Thus, 15 points of leading using 12 point type really means three points of space in between lines. See typeface.
Variant of lead
transitive verbled, leading
- to show the way to, or direct the course of, by going before or along with; conduct; guide
- to show (the way) in this manner
- to mark the way for: lights to lead you there
- to guide, or cause to follow one, by physical contact, holding the hand, pulling a rope, etc.: to lead a horse by the bridle
- to conduct (water, steam, rope, etc.) in a certain direction, channel, or the like
- to guide or direct, as by persuasion or influence, to a course of action or thought: to lead pupils to think clearly
- to cause; prompt: trouble that led him to drink
- to be the head of; specif.,
- to proceed at the front of (a parade, etc.)
- to act as chief officer of; command the operations of (a military unit)
- to direct operations of (an expedition, etc.)
- to direct, conduct, or serve as the leader or conductor of (an orchestra, ballet, etc.)
- to be the first or foremost among; be at the head of: to lead one's class in grades
- to be ahead of by a specified margin
- to live; spend; pass: to lead a hard life
- to cause to live or spend: to lead someone a dog's life
- to aim a rifle, throw a ball, etc. just ahead of (a moving target or receiver)
- Card Games to begin the play with (a specified card or suit); lay down as the first card or suit of a hand or round
Origin of leadMiddle English leden ; from Old English lædan, causative of lithan, to travel, go, akin to German leiten: for Indo-European base see load
- to show the way by going before or along; act as guide
- to be led; submit to being led: said esp. of a horse
- to be or form a way (to, from, under, etc.); tend in a certain direction; go
- to come, or bring one, as a result: with to: one thing led to another, a cold can lead to pneumonia
- to be or go first; act as leader
- ☆ Boxing to aim a first blow or one designed to test an opponent's defense: to lead with a right jab
- Card Games to play the first card of a hand or round
- the part of director or leader; leadership: to take the lead in a project
- example: follow my lead
- first or front place; precedence: the horse in the lead
- the amount or distance that one is ahead: to hold a safe lead
- leash (sense )
- anything that leads or serves as a clue
- information that directs a salesperson to a potential customer, a source of new business, etc.
- a long, narrow, navigable passage in an ice pack or ice field
- the most important news story, as in a newspaper or telecast
- the opening words or paragraph of a news story, containing all the essential facts of the story
- ☆ Baseball a position taken by a base runner a short distance from his or her base in the direction of the next
- ☆ Boxing the act of leading, or the blow used
- Card Games the act or right of playing first, as in a hand, or the card or suit played
- Elec. a wire carrying current between two points in a circuit, between devices, etc.
- ☆ Mining a stratum of ore; lode, ledge, or vein
- Music the leading part or main melody in a harmonic composition
- Naut. the course of a rope
- the principal role, or a main role, in a play or other production
- the actor or actress who plays such a role
- to begin; start
- ☆ Baseball to be the first batter in the lineup or of an inning (sense )
- to conduct further
- to lure or tempt
lead someone a merry chase
lead up to
- to prepare the way for
- to approach (a subject) in a subtle or indirect way
lead with one's chin