1. Fitted with lead; set in lead; as, leaded windows.
2. (Print.) Separated by leads, as the lines of a page.
1. Made of lead; of the nature of lead; as, a leaden ball.
2. Like lead in color, etc.; as, a leaden sky.
3. Heavy; dull; sluggish. "Leaden slumber." Shak.
1. One who, or that which, leads or conducts; a guide; a conductor. Especially: (a) One who goes first.
(b) One having authority to direct; a chief; a commander. (c) (Mus.) A performer who leads a band
or choir in music; also, in an orchestra, the principal violinist; the one who plays at the head of the first
violins. (d) (Naut.) A block of hard wood pierced with suitable holes for leading ropes in their proper
places. (e) (Mach.) The principal wheel in any kind of machinery. [Obs. or R.] G. Francis. (f) A
horse placed in advance of others; one of the forward pair of horses.
He forgot to pull in his leaders, and they gallop away with him at times.Hare.
(g) A pipe for conducting rain water from a roof to a cistern or to the ground; a conductor. (h) (Fishing)
A net for leading fish into a pound, weir, etc.; also, a line of gut, to which the snell of a fly hook is
attached. (i) (Mining) A branch or small vein, not important in itself, but indicating the proximity of a
2. The first, or the principal, editorial article in a newspaper; a leading or main editorial article.
3. (Print.) (a) A type having a dot or short row of dots upon its face. (b) pl. a row of dots, periods,
or hyphens, used in tables of contents, etc., to lead the eye across a space to the right word or number.
Syn. chief; chieftain; commander. See Chief.