Webster 1913 Edition
Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost;–
a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law of the question involved.
[a translation of G.
a guiding theme; in the musical drama of Wagner, a marked melodic phrase or short passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label. Also called–
the seventh note or tone in the ascending major scale; the sensible note.–
a question so framed as to guide the person questioned in making his reply.–
strings by which children are supported when beginning to walk.–
To be in leading strings,
to be in a state of infancy or dependence, or under the guidance of others.–
a wheel situated before the driving wheels of a locomotive engine.
The act of guiding, directing, governing, or enticing; guidance.
Suggestion; hint; example.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Guiding; conducting; preceding; drawing; alluring; passing life.
2.a. Chief; principal; capital; most influential; as a leading motive; a leading man in a party.
3.showing the way by going first.
He left his mother a countess by patent, which was a new leading example.
- Hyphenation: lead‧ing
- Rhymes: -iːdɪŋ
- Rhymes: -ɛdɪŋ
leading (comparative more leading, superlative most leading)
- Providing guidance or direction.
- Avoiding leading questions if you really want the truth.
- Ranking first.
- He is a leading supplier of plumbing supplies in the county.
- Occurring in advance; preceding.
- The stock market can be a leading economic indicator.
- (occurring in advance): concurrent, lagging
leading (plural leadings)
- An act by which one is led or guided
- 1792, William Carey, An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the:
- It has been said that we ought not to force our way, but to wait for the openings, and leadings of Providence; but it might with equal propriety be answered in this case, neither ought we to neglect embracing those openings in providence which daily present themselves to us.
- present participle of lead
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
- I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.
From lead (chemical element).
- IPA(key): /ˈlɛdɪŋ/
- Hyphenation: lead‧ing
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