a.1.Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example.
Leading case
(Law) a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law of the question involved.
Leading motive
(Mus.) a guiding theme; in the musical drama of Wagner, a marked melodic phrase or short passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label. Also called leitmotif or leitmotiv.
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Leading note
(Mus.) the seventh note or tone in the ascending major scale; the sensible note.
Leading question
a question so framed as to guide the person questioned in making his reply.
Leading strings
strings by which children are supported when beginning to walk.
To be in leading strings
to be in a state of infancy or dependence, or under the guidance of others.
Leading wheel
a wheel situated before the driving wheels of a locomotive engine.
n.1.The act of guiding, directing, governing, or enticing; guidance.
2.Suggestion; hint; example.
Noun1.leading - thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
Synonyms: lead
2.Leadingleading - the activity of leading; "his leadership inspired the team"
Synonyms: leadership
Adj.1.leading - indicating the most important performer or role; "the leading man"; "prima ballerina"; "prima donna"; "a star figure skater"; "the starring role"; "a stellar role"; "a stellar performance"
Synonyms: prima, star, starring, stellar
2.leading - going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way; "we rode in the leading car"; "the leading edge of technology"
following - going or proceeding or coming after in the same direction; "the crowd of following cars made the occasion seem like a parade"; "tried to outrun the following footsteps"
3.leading - greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement; "our greatest statesmen"; "the country's leading poet"; "a preeminent archeologist"
Synonyms: preeminent, greatest
4.leading - having the leading position or higher score in a contest; "he is ahead by a pawn"; "the leading team in the pennant race"
Synonyms: ahead, in the lead
5.leading - purposefully formulated to elicit a desired response; "a leading question"

LEADING. That which is to be followed; as, a leading case; leading question leading counsel.

(text)leading - /ledding/ The spacing between lines of text. This is defined when a font is designed but can often be altered in order to change the appearance of the text or for special effects. It is measured in points and is normally 120% of the height of the text.

See also kerning, tracking.
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