Leading meaning

lēdĭng
Having a position in the lead; foremost.

The leading runner in the race.

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The action of one that leads; guidance; direction; leadership.
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A covering or being covered with lead.
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Strips or sheets of lead, collectively.
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Of or performing a lead in a theatrical production.

A leading role; a leading lady.

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Formulated so as to elicit a desired response.

A leading question.

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A border or rim of lead, as around a windowpane.
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The spacing between lines, usually measured in points.
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That leads; guiding.
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Principal; chief.
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Of or playing the lead in a play, film, etc.
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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.
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Present participle of lead.
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Providing guidance or direction.

Avoiding leading questions if you really want the truth.

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Ranking first.

He is a leading supplier of plumbing supplies in the county.

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Occurring in advance; preceding.

The stock market can be a leading economic indicator.

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An act by which one is led or guided.
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(typography) Vertical space added between lines; line spacing.
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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.

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Chief; principal.

The leading cause of high inflation.

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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.

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Origin of leading

  • From Old English lÇ£dan, probably a causative form of liþan (“travel").

    From Wiktionary

  • From lead (chemical element).

    From Wiktionary