Webster 1913 Edition
One who, or that which, leads or conducts; a guide; a conductor.
One who goes first.
One having authority to direct; a chief; a commander.
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.
A block of hard wood pierced with suitable holes for leading ropes in their proper places.
The principal wheel in any kind of machinery.
[Obs. or R.]
A horse placed in advance of others; one of the forward pair of horses.
A pipe for conducting rain water from a roof to a cistern or to the ground; a conductor.
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.
A branch or small vein, not important in itself, but indicating the proximity of a better one.
The first, or the principal, editorial article in a newspaper; a leading or main editorial article.
A type having a dot or short row of dots upon its face.
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
Webster 1828 Edition
1.One that leads or conducts; a guide; a conductor.
2.A chief; a commander; a captain.
3.One who goes first.
4.The chief of a party or faction; as the leader of the whigs or of the tories; a leader of the Jacobins.
5.a performer who leads a band or choir in music.