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lead1 British & World English

Cause (a person or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, etc. while moving forward

lead2 British & World English

A soft, heavy, ductile bluish-grey metal, the chemical element of atomic number 82. It has been used in roofing, plumbing, ammunition, storage batteries, radiation shields, etc., and its compounds have been used in crystal glass, as an anti-knock agent in petrol, and (formerly) in paints

lead1 English Thesaurus

Michelle let them lead her into the porch

lead2 English Thesaurus

he was removing the lead from the man's chest

lead New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

chemical element of atomic number 82

the lead in lead1 British & World English

A position of advantage in a contest; first place

Pb in lead2 British & World English

A soft, heavy, ductile bluish-grey metal, the chemical element of atomic number 82. It has been used in roofing, plumbing, ammunition, storage batteries, radiation shields, etc., and its compounds have been used in crystal glass, as an anti-knock agent in petrol, and (formerly) in paints

lead-in British & World English

An introduction or preamble which allows one to move smoothly on to the next part of something

lead-up British & World English

An event, point, or sequence that leads up to something else

jump lead British & World English

Each of a pair of thick electric cables fitted with clips at either end, used for recharging a battery in a motor vehicle by connecting it to the battery in another

lead off British & World English

Bat first in a game or inning

lead-off British & World English

Beginning a series or a process

lead-acid British & World English

Denoting a secondary cell or battery in which the electrodes are plates or grids of lead (or lead alloy) immersed in dilute sulphuric acid. The anode is coated with lead dioxide and the cathode with spongy lead

lead foot British & World English

A tendency to drive fast

lead-free British & World English

(Of petrol) without added tetraethyl lead

lead shot British & World English

Another term for shot333.

lead time British & World English

The time between the initiation and completion of a production process

red lead British & World English

A red form of lead oxide used as a pigment

lead glass British & World English

Glass containing a substantial proportion of lead oxide, making it more refractive

lead guitar British & World English

A prominent guitar part that consists of the melody and solos of a pop or rock song rather than simply the chord sequences

lead pencil British & World English

A pencil of graphite enclosed in wood

white lead British & World English

A white pigment consisting of a mixture of lead carbonate and lead hydroxide

lead up to British & World English

Immediately precede

lead article British & World English

The principal article in a newspaper or magazine

lead balloon British & World English

(Of something said or written) be poorly received

lead crystal British & World English

Another term for lead glass.

lead-swinger British & World English

A person who shirks their duty; an idler

lead generation British & World English

The action or process of identifying and cultivating potential customers for a business’s products or services

lead guitarist British & World English

A person who plays lead guitar in a rock or pop group

lead poisoning British & World English

Acute or chronic poisoning due to the absorption of lead into the body

lead tetraethyl British & World English

Another term for tetraethyl lead.

tetraethyl lead British & World English

A toxic colourless oily liquid made synthetically and used as an anti-knock agent in leaded petrol

lead the way British & World English

Go first along a route to show someone the way

lead the field British & World English

Be the leader in a race

sugar of lead British & World English

Lead acetate, a soluble white crystalline salt

swing the lead British & World English

Shirk one’s duty; malinger

lead someone on British & World English

Mislead or deceive someone, especially into believing that one is in love with or attracted to them

get the lead out British & World English

Move or work more quickly

lead off with in lead1 British & World English

Begin a report or text with a particular item

lead with in lead1 British & World English

Make an attack with (a particular punch or fist)

lead someone astray British & World English

Cause someone to act or think foolishly or wrongly

lead someone a dance British & World English

Cause someone a great deal of trouble or worry

lead from the front British & World English

Take an active role in what one is urging and directing others to do

lead with one's chin British & World English

(Of a boxer) leave one’s chin unprotected

lead in one's pencil British & World English

Vigour or energy, especially sexual energy in a man


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