Pronunciation: lĕd
lead of the ignition. Whenignitiontakesplaceduringtheworkingstrokethecorrespondingdistancefromthecommencementofthestrokeiscallednegative lead.
n.1.(Chem.) One of the elements, a heavy, pliable, inelastic metal, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished. It is both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity, and is used for tubes, sheets, bullets, etc. Its specific gravity is 11.37. It is easily fusible (melting point 327.5° C), forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic number 82. Atomic weight, 207.2. Symbol Pb (L. Plumbum). It is chiefly obtained from the mineral galena, lead sulphide.
2.(Print.) An article made of lead or an alloy of lead
3.A small cylinder of black lead or graphite, used in pencils.
Black lead
graphite or plumbago; - so called from its leadlike appearance and streak.
Coasting lead
a sounding lead intermediate in weight between a hand lead and deep-sea lead.
Deep-sea lead
the heaviest of sounding leads, used in water exceeding a hundred fathoms in depth.
Hand lead
a small lead use for sounding in shallow water.
- Ham. Nav. Encyc.
Krems lead
a pure variety of white lead, formed into tablets, and called also Krems white, or Kremnitz white, and Vienna white.
Lead arming
tallow put in the hollow of a sounding lead. See To arm the lead (below).
Lead colic
See under Colic.
Lead color
a deep bluish gray color, like tarnished lead.
Lead glance
(Min.) Same as Galena.
Lead line
a - (Med.) A dark line along the gums produced by a deposit of metallic lead, due to lead poisoning.
b - (Naut.) A sounding line.
Lead mill
a leaden polishing wheel, used by lapidaries.
Lead ocher
(Min.) a massive sulphur-yellow oxide of lead. Same as Massicot.
Lead pencil
a pencil of which the marking material is graphite (black lead).
Lead plant
(Bot.) a low leguminous plant, genus Amorpha (Amorpha canescens), found in the Northwestern United States, where its presence is supposed to indicate lead ore.
Lead tree
a - (Bot.) A West Indian name for the tropical, leguminous tree, Leucæna glauca; - probably so called from the glaucous color of the foliage.
- Gray.
b - (Chem.) Lead crystallized in arborescent forms from a solution of some lead salt, as by suspending a strip of zinc in lead acetate.
Mock lead
a miner's term for blende.
Red lead
a scarlet, crystalline, granular powder, consisting of minium when pure, but commonly containing several of the oxides of lead. It is used as a paint or cement and also as an ingredient of flint glass.
Red lead ore
(Min.) crocoite.
Sugar of lead
acetate of lead.
To arm the lead
to fill the hollow in the bottom of a sounding lead with tallow in order to discover the nature of the bottom by the substances adhering.
To cast the lead
to cast the sounding lead for ascertaining the depth of water.
- Ham. Nav. Encyc.
White lead
hydrated carbonate of lead, obtained as a white, amorphous powder, and much used as an ingredient of white paint.
v. t.1.To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.
[imp. & p. p. Leaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Leading.]
2.(Print.) To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter.
1.To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact or connection; as, a father leads a child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a blind man.
[imp. & p. p. Led (lĕd); p. pr. & vb. n. Leading.]
If a blind man lead a blind man, both fall down in the ditch.
- Wyclif (Matt. xv. 14.
2.To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, esp. by going with or going in advance of.
The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way.
- Ex. xiii. 21.
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
- Ps. xxiii. 2.
3.To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or charge of; as, to lead an army, an exploring party, or a search; to lead a political party.
4.To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be foremost or chief among; as, the big sloop led the fleet of yachts; the Guards led the attack; Demosthenes leads the orators of all ages.
And lo ! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.
- Leigh Hunt.
5.To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure; as, to lead one to espouse a righteous cause.
Silly women, laden with sins, led away by divers lusts.
- 2 Tim. iii. 6 (Rev. Ver.).
6.To guide or conduct one's self in, through, or along (a certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to cause (one) to proceed or follow in (a certain course).
That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.
- 1 Tim. ii. 2.
You remember . . . the life he used to lead his wife and daughter.
- Dickens.
7.(Cards & Dominoes) To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led.
To lead astray
to guide in a wrong way, or into error; to seduce from truth or rectitude.
To lead captive
to carry or bring into captivity.
To lead the way
to show the way by going in front; to act as guide.
- Goldsmith.
v. i.1.To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preëminence; to be first or chief; - used in most of the senses of lead, v. t.
2.To tend or reach in a certain direction, or to a certain place; as, the path leads to the mill; gambling leads to other vices.
To lead off
to go first; to begin; as, Mickey Mantle led off in the fifth inning of the game.
n.1.The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another.
2.Precedence; advance position; also, the measure of precedence; as, the white horse had the lead; a lead of a boat's length, or of half a second.
3.(Cards & Dominoes) The act or right of playing first in a game or round; the card suit, or piece, so played; as, your partner has the lead.
4.An open way in an ice field.
5.(Mining) A lode.
6.(Naut.) The course of a rope from end to end.
7.(Steam Engine) The width of port opening which is uncovered by the valve, for the admission or release of steam, at the instant when the piston is at end of its stroke.
8.(Civil Engineering) the distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.
9.(Horology) The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet.
10.(Music.) The announcement by one voice part of a theme to be repeated by the other parts.
11.In an internal-combustion engine, the distance, measured in actual length of piston stroke or the corresponding angular displacement of the crank, of the piston from the end of the compression stroke when ignition takes place; - called in full
12.(Mach.) The excess above a right angle in the angle between two consecutive cranks, as of a compound engine, on the same shaft.
13.(Mach.) In spiral screw threads, worm wheels, or the like, the amount of advance of any point in the spiral for a complete turn.
14.(Elec.) The angle between the line joining the brushes of a continuous-current dynamo and the diameter symmetrical between the poles.
15.(Theat.) A role for a leading man or leading woman; also, one who plays such a role.
16.The first story in a newspaper or broadcast news program.
17.an electrical conductor, typically as an insulated wire or cable, connecting an electrical device to another device or to a power source, such as a conductor conveying electricity from a dynamo.
18.(Baseball) the distance a runner on base advances from one base toward the next before the pitch; as, the long lead he usually takes tends to distract the pitchers.
Lead angle
(Steam Engine) the angle which the crank maker with the line of centers, in approaching it, at the instant when the valve opens to admit steam.
Lead screw
(Mach.) the main longitudinal screw of a lathe, which gives the feed motion to the carriage.
Noun1.lead - a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray; "the children were playing with lead soldiers"
Synonyms: atomic number 82, Pb
2.lead - an advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn"
3.lead - evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
Synonyms: track, trail
4.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.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
7.lead - an actor who plays a principal role
Synonyms: principal, star
8.lead - (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; "he took a long lead off first"
9.lead - an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
10.Leadlead - a news story of major importance
Synonyms: lead story
11.lead - the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
Synonyms: spark advance
12.Leadlead - restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
Synonyms: leash, tether
13.lead - thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
Synonyms: leading
14.Leadlead - mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
Synonyms: pencil lead
15.lead - a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
16.lead - the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; "the lead was in the dummy"
Verb1.lead - take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
Synonyms: guide, take, conduct, direct
2.lead - result in; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
Synonyms: result, leave
3.lead - tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
4.lead - travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John"
Synonyms: head
5.lead - cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks"
6.lead - 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"
Synonyms: extend, run, pass, go
7.lead - be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?"
Synonyms: head
8.lead - be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year"
Synonyms: top
9.lead - be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
Synonyms: conduce, contribute
10.lead - lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
Synonyms: conduct, direct
11.lead - pass or spend; "lead a good life"
12.lead - lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"
Synonyms: go
13.lead - move ahead (of others) in time or space
Synonyms: precede
14.lead - cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet"
Synonyms: run
15.lead - preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
Synonyms: moderate, chair
To see lead in your dream, signifies mediocre success in your undertakings. There may have been an issue that is weighing you down recently. To see a lead mine in your dream, denotes deceit and that others will grow suspicion on your money making. To dream that you are hunting for lead, signifies sadness and job instability. 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Translate Lead to Spanish, Translate Lead to German, Translate Lead to French
Le Gallienne
Le Havre
Le Notre
Le roi le veut
Le roi s'avisera
Le roi veut en deliberer
Leach brine
Leach tub
-- Lead --
lead acetate
Lead angle
Lead arming
lead arsenate
lead astray
lead bank
lead by the nose
lead carbonate
lead chromate
lead colic
Lead color
Lead glance
lead glass
lead line
Lead mill
Lead ocher
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