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Overview of noun lead

The noun lead has 17 senses? (first 6 from tagged texts)
1. (7) lead

(an advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn")

2. (6) lead, Pb, atomic number 82

(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")

3. (3) lead, track, trail

(evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator")

4. (3) lead

(a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead'); "he takes the lead in any group"; "we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; "they didn't follow our lead")

5. (1) 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. (1) lead, lead-in, lede

(the introductory section of a story; "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter")

7. lead

((sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning)

8. star, principal, lead

(an actor who plays a principal role)

9. lead

((baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; "he took a long lead off first")

10. tip, lead, steer, confidential information, wind, hint

(an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job")

11. lead, lead story

(a news story of major importance)

12. spark advance, lead

(the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine)

13. leash, tether, lead

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

14. lead, leading

(thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing)

15. lead, pencil lead

(mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil)

16. jumper cable, jumper lead, lead, booster cable

(a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads")

17. lead

(the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; "the lead was in the dummy")


Overview of verb lead

The verb lead has 14 senses? (first 13 from tagged texts)
1. (40) lead, take, direct, conduct, guide

(take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace")

2. (35) leave, result, lead

(have as a result or residue; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin")

3. (27) lead

(tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests")

4. (17) lead, head

(travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John")

5. (17) lead

(cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks")

6. (13) run, go, pass, lead, extend

(stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets")

7. (13) head, lead

(be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?")

8. (10) lead, top

(be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year")

9. (9) contribute, lead, conduce

(be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing")

10. (8) conduct, lead, direct

(lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years")

11. (5) go, lead

(lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South")

12. (2) precede, lead

(move ahead (of others) in time or space)

13. (1) run, lead

(cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet")

14. moderate, chair, lead

(preside over; "John moderated the discussion")

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