leading

Definitions

  • the Routes Leading from The Nile to The Red Sea, Between Koptos and Kosseir
    the Routes Leading from The Nile to The Red Sea, Between Koptos and Kosseir
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj leading going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way "we rode in the leading car","the leading edge of technology"
    • adj 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"
    • adj leading greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement "our greatest statesmen","the country's leading poet","a preeminent archeologist"
    • adj leading having the leading position or higher score in a contest "he is ahead by a pawn","the leading team in the pennant race"
    • n leading the activity of leading "his leadership inspired the team"
    • n leading thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He Took the Lead for Good Old Rome 235 He Took the Lead for Good Old Rome 235
Highly decorated wall and ceiling, with steps leading up Highly decorated wall and ceiling, with steps leading up
Steps lead up to arch at entrance; towers visible on either side at the front Steps lead up to arch at entrance; towers visible on either side at the front
Arches leading up to a high ceiling; this and the walls are heavily decorated Arches leading up to a high ceiling; this and the walls are heavily decorated
A Dormitory in the "Six Poor Travellers" and Gallery Leading to the Dormitories A Dormitory in the "Six Poor Travellers" and Gallery Leading to the Dormitories
Two stone lions guard steps leading to the entrance Two stone lions guard steps leading to the entrance
Tumbled rocks leading down to the tree-edged water Tumbled rocks leading down to the tree-edged water
Some Jamestown houses had leaded glazed wrought-iron window casements similar to the ones shown here. (Courtesy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.) Some Jamestown houses had leaded glazed wrought-iron window casements similar to the ones shown here. (Courtesy, The...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Due to the shortages of lead and metals during World War II, toothpaste was packaged in plastic tubes and have been ever since
    • a Leading Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example.
    • Leading Suggestion; hint; example.
    • Leading The act of guiding, directing, governing, or enticing; guidance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It's possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
    • n leading The act of conducting or guiding; conduct; leadership; command.
    • n leading Ability to lead; commanding quality or capacity.
    • n leading A directing influence or guidance; especially, a spiritual indication of the proper course of action in any case: a term used by the Friends or Quakers.
    • leading Guiding; conducting; preceding; hence, serving as a precedent.
    • leading Attracting; drawing: as, a leading article among shopkeepers (that is, something offered as a special inducement to customers, for its attractiveness or its cheapness, or both).
    • leading Chief; principal; capital; most influential: as, a leading motive in action; a leading man in a party.
    • n leading Lead-work; the leads, as of a house; articles of lead collectively.
    • n leading Milit., the clogging of the grooves of a rifle by lead from the bullets.
    • leading In naval architecture, said of the edge or end of a surface or blade, as a propellerblade, which is in advance when moving through water: opposed to following.
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Quotations

  • Virgil
    Virgil
    “Wherever the fates lead us let us follow.”
  • Andre Gide
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    “A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.”
  • Charles M. Schwab
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    “Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.”
  • Carlos Castaneda
    Carlos Castaneda
    “All paths are the same, leading nowhere. Therefore, pick a path with heart!”
  • Lao-Tzu
    Lao-Tzu
    “To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “Men are lead by trifles.”

Idioms

All roads lead to Rome - This means that there can be many different ways of doing something.
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Blind leading the blind - When the blind are leading the blind, the people in charge of something don't know anything more than the people they are in charge of, when they should have greater knowledge.
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Get the lead out - This is used to tell someone to hurry up.
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Go down like a lead balloon - (UK) If something goes down like a lead balloon, it fails or is extremely badly received.
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Go over like a lead balloon - (USA) If something goes over like a lead balloon, it will not work well, or go over well.
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Lead someone up the garden path - If someone leads you up the garden path, they deceive you, or give you false information that causes you to waste your time. 'Lead someone down the garden path' is also used.
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Lead with the chin - If someone leads with their chin, they speak or behave without fear of the consequences.
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Swing the lead - If you swing the lead, you pretend to be ill or do not do your share of the work.
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You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink - This idiom means you can offer something to someone, like good advice, but you cannot make them take it.
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Usage

In literature:

He knew that the offer of such a thing would lead to a scene.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
And thus the "impossible" leads me to the "prepared.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
I dismounted at the bottom of the slope, and leading my horse silently up among the cacti plants, tied him to one of their branches.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Some of the leading pioneers of the Choctaw nation were buried here.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
We hove the lead, but found no bottom.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Water boiled under a lead rain.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
The object of the Pythagorean education was to lead the members of the community to that intercourse.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
The lead was of course kept going, but as it reached the bottom, it scarcely ran out of the lead-man's hands.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
Gold, silver, tin, lead, zinc, platinum, granite, slate, and marble occur mainly in mountain-folds.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
And the coincidence of the Murewell incumbent's death struck his sensitive mind as a Divine leading.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Detectives are patrolling all streets leading up to it.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
Let not Satan lead you to the Protesters, Jose, for their creeds are but snares and pitfalls.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
On the steps leading to the garden he lit a cigar and turned up his coat collar.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
A boy like this might easily be guided to knowledge, if one could once get the lead.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
Lawrence had deservedly become a popular and leading personage in the country.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
The exultant Berkeley punished the leading rebels without mercy.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
America a merica, a merica the go leading s the go leading s cans, cans be forgot and nigh nigh is a niecer a niecer to bit, a niecer to bit.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
But as he came to the road leading to the house he saw figures black in the moonlight approaching.
"The Land of Strong Men" by Arthur M. Chisholm
The courtyard has a few interesting outlines, and the staircase leading to the museum is of broad, massive marble.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
He laughed and cried at once, and at times screamed out words of command, as if he were leading the regiments himself.
"With Fire and Sword" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
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In poetry:

And suddenly alone I stood
With scared eyes gazing through the wood.
For some still sign of ill or good,
To lead me from the solitude.
"A Reed Shaken In The Wind" by Madison Julius Cawein
Not by the lightning-gleams of wrath
Our souls thy face shall see,
The star of Love must light the path
That leads to Heaven and Thee.
"Hymn Written For The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Of The Reorganization Of The Boston Young Men’s Christ" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
O young man! life is before you,
Shun the road that leads to death,
God will guide you if you ask him:
"Seek me—here I am!" he saith.
"Breakers" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
But as the faithful years return
And hearts unwounded sing again,
Comes Taffy dancing through the fern
To lead the Surrey spring again.
"Merrow Down" by Rudyard Kipling
Oh, little matters it when we shall meet,
Upon the quiet shore, or on the sea,
If he shall lead us to the golden gate,
Dear Lord, if he shall lead us unto Thee.
"The Messenger" by Marietta Holley
There's a gap we know of leading from the stubble,
And we have it while the other people pass.
A crash behind us! Some one tasting trouble!
We are over, in the lead, and on the grass.
"A Gallop From The Train" by William Henry Ogilvie

In news:

Mary Lynn Alcorn (right) leads of group of students through a rigorous aerobics routine.
Durant's big shot leads OKC to 3-1 lead, paces Saturday's S&Ds.
This year, Ryan Gosling and a band of similarly arty, polymathic weirdos are leading a revolt against the plastic leading man.
Out here in New England we have older homes that in the earlier days used lead paint or had lead mixed in with the oil paints.
In a Pew national poll, President Obama leads Mitt Romney by 20 points among women voters and leads Rick Santorum by 26 points.
BETHEL — — The Cayuga football team showed Friday that it's not which team takes the lead first, or holds it the longest, but the team that has the lead last that matters.
John Kolar, right, takes the lead has the lead, while Alexandria Marzullo, left is the show's narrator.
VWS Executive Director Kelly Sorenson says the number-one threat to condors is lead poisoning from spent lead ammunition.
After Tom Osborne joined Bo Pelini to lead the team onto the field for the tunnel walk, Nebraska got on the board quickly with a 39-yard Brett Maher field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
Washington lets an early four-run lead slip away, and Atlanta cuts Washington's NL East lead to 6 1/2 games with its second straight win in the series.
Not only does Arizona Wildcats sophomore Ka' Deem Carey lead the nation in rushing, he leads in another related stat.
SPOKANE – Early miscues by the Shock (8-7) against the West Division leading Arizona Rattlers (12-3) opened the door for Arizona to jump out to a big lead and hold on for a 61-35 victory.
He leads the Angels in on-base percentage (.474), slugging (.750) and is tied for the lead in home runs (two) in fewer than half the at-bats of other players on the roster.
For some parents, Project Lead the Way is leading Clarkston schools into open -enrollment trouble.
Frank Lara – Lead Vocals Joe Cepeda – Rhythm & Lead Guitar and Backup Vocals Ivan Montes – Bass and Backup Vocals Pepe Favela – Drums and Backup Vocals.
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In science:

At leading order, the possibility mu = 0 which would lead to a solution of the strong C P problem is excluded.
Introduction to Chiral Perturbation Theory
The leading order effective Lagrangian L(2) eff was constructed explicitly and sample calculations have been performed at the leading tree level order.
Introduction to Chiral Perturbation Theory
The leading, and where different, the leading non-analytic, behaviour of hPT (x)iµ as x → 0 for the measures studied here is given in table 1.
Biased random walks on combs
Leading and leading non-analytic behaviour of 1 − hPT iµ in various cases.
Biased random walks on combs
The saddle points lead to the same result, i.e. the free energy of the N = 3 theory is the same as that of the free theory to leading order in 1/Nf .
Notes on Superconformal Chern-Simons-Matter Theories
It is easy to accept that ε = 1 leads to a central consensus, while ε → 0 leads to full plurality where no opinion dynamic happens.
Fostering Consensus in Multidimensional Continuous Opinion Dynamics under Bounded Confidence
This leads us to speculate that the gas density is not the same throughout the disk, as a higher density leads to a higher flux.
The central parsecs of Centaurus A: High Excitation Gas, a Molecular Disk, and the Mass of the Black Hole
These locks, four per tile, maintain the position of the scintillators and the 350-µm gaps, providing sufficient room for the 275-µm lead tiles without optical contacts between lead and scintillator.
An Improved Shashlyk Calorimeter
Decreasing the thickness of the lead will increase the length of the module, while the proportional decreasing both the lead and scintillator thicknesses will reduce the light collection efficiency.
An Improved Shashlyk Calorimeter
Here eP0 (s) is the probability that a vertex belongs to a finite component of size s provided that it belongs to a finite component and eP1 (s) is the probability that a link leads into a finite component of size s provided that it leads into a finite component.
Correlations in connected random graphs
We have Li = {0, 1} for all i ∈ N if we consider only two reference levels “unacceptable” and “totally satisfying”, which leads to capacities, and Li = {−1, 0, 1} if a neutral level is added, which leads to bi-capacities, as explained above.
Derivative of functions over lattices as a basis for the notion of interaction between attributes
T , we say that v is a leading (resp. strictly leading) node if the random walk from the root to v is leading (resp. strictly leading).
Minima in branching random walks
In order that Sn ≤ an and that Sn is strictly leading, it suffices that: • EX < X1 ≤ c, • ˆSn−1 ≤ an − c and • ˆSn−1 is leading.
Minima in branching random walks
Compare (22) with the energy density, one can find that if f − 2X f,X and βq X 2 f,X do not cancel at leading order of slow roll approximation, then the condition αφ ≫ 1 leads to the slow roll condition ǫ ≪ 1.
General Single Field Inflation with Large Positive Non-Gaussianity
This is due mostly to the fact that here the coefficient of the leading term in Eq. (53) is already shape dependent, in contrast with the shape-independence of the leading logarithmic term in the two-body expression (26).
Interaction Matrix Element Fluctuations in Ballistic Quantum Dots: Random Wave Model
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