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  • the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
    • the lead was in the dummy
  • a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
    • it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads
  • mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
  • thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
  • restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  • the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine
  • a news story of major importance
  • an indication of potential opportunity
    • he got a tip on the stock market
    • a good lead for a job
  • (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
    • he took a long lead off first
  • an actor who plays a principal role
  • (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning
  • the introductory section of a story
    • it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter
  • the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
  • 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
  • evidence pointing to a possible solution
    • the police are following a promising lead
    • the trail led straight to the perpetrator
  • 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
  • an advantage held by a competitor in a race
    • he took the lead at the last turn
  • preside over
    • John moderated the discussion
  • cause something to pass or lead somewhere
    • Run the wire behind the cabinet
  • move ahead (of others) in time or space
  • lead, extend, or afford access
    • This door goes to the basement
    • The road runs South
  • lead, as in the performance of a composition; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
    • conduct an orchestra
  • be conducive to
    • The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing
  • be ahead of others; be the first
    • she topped her class every year
  • be in charge of
    • Who is heading this project?
  • 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
  • cause to undertake a certain action
    • Her greed led her to forge the checks
  • travel in front of; go in advance of others
    • The procession was headed by John
  • tend to or result in
    • This remark lead to further arguments among the guests
  • have as a result or residue
    • The water left a mark on the silk dress
    • Her blood left a stain on the napkin
  • take somebody somewhere
    • We lead him to our chief
    • can you take me to the main entrance?
    • He conducted us to the palace
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