- (context, uncountable, element) A heavy, pliable, inelastic metal element, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished; both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity. It is easily fusible, forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic number 82, Atomic weight 206.4, Specific Gravity 11.37, Symbol Pb (from Latin plumbum).
- (countable) A plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea.
- A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing.
- Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs.
- (context, in plural leads) A roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates.
- I would have the tower two stories, and goodly leads upon the top. " Bacon
- (countable) A cylinder of black lead or plumbago used in pencils.
- (transitive) To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.
- (context, transitive, printing) To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter.
- (not comparable) foremost, Foremost.
- The contestants are all tied; no one has the lead position.
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