1. The act of guiding, directing, governing, or enticing; guidance. Shak.
2. Suggestion; hint; example. [Archaic] Bacon.
(Lead"man) n.; pl. Leadmen One who leads a dance.[Obs.] B. Jonson.
(Leads"man) n.; pl. Leadsmen (Naut.) The man who heaves the lead. Totten.
(Lead"wort`) n. (Bot.) A genus of maritime herbs P. Europæa has lead-colored spots on the
leaves, and nearly lead-colored flowers.
(Lead"y) a. Resembling lead. Sir T. Elyot.
(Leaf) n.; pl. Leaves [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. leáf; akin to S. lof, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G.
laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. löf, Dan. löv, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. Lodge.]
1. (Bot.) A colored, usually green, expansion growing from the side of a stem or rootstock, in which
the sap for the use of the plant is elaborated under the influence of light; one of the parts of a plant which
collectively constitute its foliage.
Such leaves usually consist of a blade, or lamina , supported upon a leafstalk or petiole, which, continued
through the blade as the midrib, gives off woody ribs and veins that support the cellular texture. The
petiole has usually some sort of an appendage on each side of its base, which is called the stipule.
The green parenchyma of the leaf is covered with a thin epiderm pierced with closable microscopic openings,
known as stomata.
2. (Bot.) A special organ of vegetation in the form of a lateral outgrowth from the stem, whether appearing
as a part of the foliage, or as a cotyledon, a scale, a bract, a spine, or a tendril.
In this view every part of a plant, except the root and the stem, is either a leaf, or is composed of leaves
more or less modified and transformed.
3. Something which is like a leaf in being wide and thin and having a flat surface, or in being attached
to a larger body by one edge or end; as : (a) A part of a book or folded sheet containing two pages
upon its opposite sides. (b) A side, division, or part, that slides or is hinged, as of window shutters,