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Such is her burgeoning popularity Toomey is looking to employ more instructors to lead her highly personalized exercise classes.

There were a lot of little pieces, pieces of lead and stuff.

Big Perm worries that the lack of policing the “small fry” will lead to more crimes by “big fry.”

Sting took over the lead role to try to draw an audience, but his thumpingly inspirational score was already the hero of the show.

This immediately raises the issue of who will lead the crash investigation.

And the only one she never forgets is, ‘When in doubt, lead your highest check.’

We can only crawl along, having to walk and lead the horses, or at least drag them.

Passively, he let Harry take him by the arm, and lead him on.

Surely those are not the steps that lead down toward the bath?

It was incumbent upon Mr. Gladstone to lead the opposition to this motion.

lead 1

  1. the first, foremost, or most prominent place
  2. ( as modifier ): lead singer
  1. the principal news story in a newspaper: the scandal was the lead in the papers
  2. the opening paragraph of a news story
  3. ( as modifier ): lead story

lead 2

  1. graphite or a mixture containing graphite, clay, etc, used for drawing
  2. a thin stick of this material, esp the core of a pencil

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“to guide,” Old English lædan “cause to go with one, lead, guide, conduct, carry; sprout forth; bring forth, pass (one’s life),” causative of liðan “to travel,” from West Germanic *laidjan (cf. Old Saxon lithan , Old Norse liða “to go,” Old High German ga-lidan “to travel,” Gothic ga-leiþan “to go”), from PIE *leit- “to go forth.”

heavy metal, Old English lead , from West Germanic *loudhom (cf. Old Frisian lad , Middle Dutch loot , Dutch lood “lead,” German Lot “weight, plummet”). The name and the skill in using the metal seem to have been borrowed from the Celts (cf. Old Irish luaide ), probably from PIE root *plou(d)- “to flow.”

c.1300, “action of leading,” from lead (v.1). Meaning “the front or leading place” is from 1560s. Johnson stigmatized it as “a low, despicable word.” Sense in card-playing is from 1742; in theater, from 1831; in journalism, from 1912; in jazz bands, from 1934.

early 15c., “to make of lead,” from lead (n.1). Meaning “to cover with lead” is from mid-15c. Related: Leaded (early 13c.); leading.

Any of the conductors designed to detect changes in electrical potential when situated in or on the body and connected to an instrument that registers and records these changes, such as an electrocardiograph.

A record made from the current supplied by one of these conductors.

A soft ductile dense metallic element. Atomic number 82; atomic weight 207.19; melting point 327.5°C; boiling point 1,749deg;C; specific gravity 11.35; valence 2, 4.

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A soft, ductile, heavy, bluish-gray metallic element that is extracted chiefly from galena. It is very durable and resistant to corrosion and is a poor conductor of electricity. Lead is used to make radiation shielding and containers for corrosive substances. It was once commonly used in pipes, solder, roofing, paint, and antiknock compounds in gasoline, but its use in these products has been curtailed because of its toxicity. Atomic number 82; atomic weight 207.2; melting point 327.5°C; boiling point 1,744°C; specific gravity 11.35; valence 2, 4. See Periodic Table. See Note at element.

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