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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun leading:

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Definition of the adjective leading

What does leading mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more leading / most leading

  1. indicating the most important performer or role
    • example: the leading man
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • synonyms of leading: prima / star / starring / stellar
    • similar: major
  2. greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
    • example: the country's leading poet
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of leading: preeminent
    • similar: superior
  3. going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way
  4. having the leading position or higher score in a contest
    • example: the leading team in the pennant race
    • synonyms of leading: ahead / in the lead
    • similar: up

Alternative definition of the adjective leading


  1. Providing guidance or direction.
  2. Ranking first.
  3. Occurring in advance; preceding.

Definition of the noun leading

What does leading mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: leadings

  1. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of leading: lead
    • more generic words: slip / strip = artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
  2. the activity of leading
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of leading: leadership
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:
      • helm = a position of leadership
      • lead = a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow
      • trend setting = the initiating or popularizing of a trend or fashion

Alternative definition of the noun leading


  1. An act by which one is led or guided
  2. [context: typography] Vertical space added between lines; line spacing


"Leading" is a book by Sampat Pal Singh.

  • also known as "Leading: lessons from literature"


Leading: In typography, leading refers to the distance between the baselines of successive lines of type. The term originated in the days of hand-typesetting, when thin strips of lead were inserted into the forms to increase the vertical distance between lines of type. The term is still used in modern page layout software such as QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign.

Phrases with Leading

  1. leading man
  2. leading off
  3. Leading Axle
  4. leading edge
  5. leading lady
  6. leading rein
  7. leading tone
  8. Leading-Edge
  9. leading light
  10. Leading Truck
  11. Leading wheel
  12. leading astray
  13. Leading seaman
  14. Leading-String
  15. Leading Diagonal
  16. leading question
  17. leading indicator
  18. Blind Leading the Blind

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Leading

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Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Aerodynamics (2015)

by Frank Hitchens

Large radius leading edges are unsuitable for supersonic aircraft because they produce stronger shockwaves, caused by the airflow around the leading edge having to follow a greater curvature and change in direction . The change in ...

Google previewDictionary of Food Ingredients (2013)

by Robert S. Igoe

Leading Edge Reports: Synthetic and Organic Food Additives Markets Cleveland Heights, OH: Leading Edge Group.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the British Novel (2015)

by Victoria Gaydosik

Leading. the. Cheers. 1998 Work Author: Justin Cartwright Winner ofthe 1998 Whitbread Book of the Year Award, this novel by a South African author is set in Michigan and features as its protagonist Dan Silas, an Englishman anda former ...

Google previewArkansas Biographical Dictionary (1998)

by Jan Onofrio

In 1908 Adler resigned from the Smithsonian Institution to assume the presidency of the newly organized Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning in Philadelphia, a nonsectarian, non-theological graduate school leading to the ...

Google previewA Political and Economic Dictionary of Africa (2013)

by David Seddon

Set up in mid1992 shortly after the ANC's Ready to Govern document was adopted, MERG drew on the experience of 100 economists, most of them foreign academics, and included leading figures from the ANC, the Confederation of South ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 11: Agriculture and Industry by Melissa Walker, James C. Cobb

Caribbean, but the airline also struggled with debt during the decade, leading it to file for bankruptcy in September 2005.

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

~ дугуйнууд leading wheels 2. marker, leading man of a file (mil.) ЧИГЖЭЭ packing ...

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Quotes about Leading

I think every leading man wants to be a character actor, and every character actor wants to be a leading man. (Bruce Boxleitner)
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Scrabble value of L1E1A1D2I1N1G2

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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