lead off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lead off set in motion, cause to start "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East","The Iraqis began hostilities","begin a new chapter in your life"
    • v lead off teach immoral behavior to "It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The membranes of certain nerve cells in the brain contain protein receptors that bind to THC. Once securely in place, THC kicks off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the high that users experience when they smoke marijuana
    • Lead off to begin or take the start in anything
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lǽdan, to lead, lád, a way; Ger. leiten, to lead.

Usage

In literature:

Other tracks had branched off, leading, Frank supposed, to small hill villages.
"The Queen's Cup" by G. A. Henty
Then, throwing off their veils, at ball they play, While the white-armed Nausicaa leads the choral lay.
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
Like a snake, and with rather less noise, Pharaoh slid off the sofa and to the door leading into the scullery.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
But the "ringer" was not to be shaken off, and he in turn put on a burst of speed that carried him into the lead.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield
Presently a trooper rode up leading a horse and Tomassov mounted stiffly and went off on a round of the outposts.
"Tales Of Hearsay" by Joseph Conrad
So Gudred set off at once, and came unawares on Soti, and made them lead up the country, and hang him there.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
We set off then, each with two attendants, a man to lead our animals and a torch-bearer.
"The Diary of an Ennuyée" by Anna Brownell Jameson
We didn't lead off to the Fair ground the next day after our arrival.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
Koa took Rip's arm to lead him inside, but the young officer shook him off.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Off he went unanswering, leaving me at gaze across an unbroken sea with a heart heavy as lead.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
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In poetry:

Just flies and smiles; beguiles and tries
To lead all 'neath the sunny skies,
With windy inconsistencies
Off the Isles of Peace.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
But heed thou well my counsel, for I come
To guide thy feeble feet,
Leading thee upward to that far-off home
Where rest is long and sweet."
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
Ah vainly does the Pilgrim, whose long road
Leads o'er the barren mountain's storm-vext height,
With anxious gaze survey
The fruitful far-off vale.
"Ode Written On The First Of January" by Robert Southey
You call authority "a grievous thing."
With careless hands you snap the
leading string,
And, for a frolic (so it seems to you),
Put off the old love, and put on the new.
"To A Rebellious Daughter" by Fay Inchfawn
The pistol flashed, and off they went
Like lightning on the steep descent,
Resistlessly down-swooping, swift
O'er the smooth face of polished drift
The racers strain with might and main.
But in the lead flies Carl the Dane.
"The Demon Snow-Shoes (A Legend of Kiandra)" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Channel 12 wins another late news race, continues to lead sign-on to sign-off among local households.
First off, we'd like to sincerely thank everybody who cast a ballot for the candidates they felt were best suited to lead our community, state and country.
GORDONSVILLE — This community two hours west of Knoxville off Interstate 40 has some unique ways of showing team support — placing spirit signs in yards leading to the stadium, shaking plastic noise jugs in the stands, and shooting fireworks.
Romney and Obama Campaigns See Advantage in Holding Off on Specifics That Could Lead to Opposition Attack Ads.
Nixon needs to get off the sidelines and lead on economy.
Astros set to lead off intriguing baseball draft.
Dustin Ackley to lead off .
Ichiro to bat third, Figgins to lead off for Mariners.
Jeff Francoeur wants Jose Reyes to lead off .
No off-season at Jackson's leading ice-cream-based tourist attraction .
Hundreds of Serbs armed with rifles and pistols sealed off towns in the Yugoslav republic of Croatia today, raising fears of ethnic clashes that some Western diplomats say could lead to civil war.
Marissa Janning provided the spark Creighton needed off the bench, leading the Bluejays with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting including four 3-pointers to give Creighton the 66-57 victory over No 25 Nebraska on Wednesday night.
Datto Inc, the leading provider of hardware based on-site and off-site backup, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions recently revamped its Partner Program.
Ryan Ludwick homered and singled off Madison Bumgarner to help give Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds a 4-0 lead over the San Francisco Giants after six innings Sunday night in Game 2 of the NL division series.
GONNA LEAD off with the final score here.
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In science:

One can thus integrate by parts a D2 (or ¯D2 ) off one of the legs and onto the tadpoles, leading to zero by (3.16).
The D0-brane metric in N = 2 sigma models
So, for every channel, the number of potentially resonating propagators is counted, non–maximal number of such propagators lead to the channel being switched off.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
In summary of this section, the effective CB theory can be used to lead to correct algebraic off-diagonal long range order, low energy functional forms, classification of both spin wave and topological excitations.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
In the same way, the polarization leading to the screening masses would be Πµν = Πµν diag(gg; s) + Πµν diag(bb; d) + Πµν off(bd-gs;bd-gs) .
Analytical and numerical evaluation of the Debye and Meissner masses in dense neutral three-flavor quark matter
The off diagonal terms are given by (7), and, to leading order, are proportional to √n.
Random discrete Schr\"odinger operators from Random Matrix Theory
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