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Trail vs. Lead

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Trailverb

(transitive) To follow behind (someone or something); to tail (someone or something).

‘The hunters trailed their prey deep into the woods.’;

Leadnoun

(uncountable) A heavy, pliable, inelastic metal element, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished; both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity. It is easily fusible, forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic number 82, symbol Pb (from Latin plumbum).

Trailverb

(transitive) To drag (something) behind on the ground.

‘You'll get your coat all muddy if you trail it around like that.’;

Leadnoun

(countable) A plummet or mass of lead attached to a line, used in sounding depth at sea or (dated) to estimate velocity in knots.

Trailverb

(transitive) To leave (a trail of).

‘He walked into the house, soaking wet, and trailed water all over the place.’;

Leadnoun

A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing.

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Trailverb

(transitive) To show a trailer of (a film, TV show etc.); to release or publish a preview of (a report etc.) in advance of the full publication.

‘His new film was trailed on TV last night.’; ‘There were no surprises in this morning's much-trailed budget statement.’;

Leadnoun

Vertical space in advance of a row or between rows of text. Also known as leading.

‘This copy has too much lead; I prefer less space between the lines.’;

Trailverb

(intransitive) To hang or drag loosely behind; to move with a slow sweeping motion.

‘The bride's long dress trailed behind her as she walked down the aisle.’;

Leadnoun

Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs.

Trailverb

(intransitive) To run or climb like certain plants.

Leadnoun

(plural leads) A roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates.

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Trailverb

(intransitive) To drag oneself lazily or reluctantly along.

‘Our parents marched to church and we trailed behind.’;

Leadnoun

(countable) A thin cylinder of black lead or plumbago (graphite) used in pencils.

Trailverb

To be losing, to be behind in a competition.

Leadnoun

(slang) Bullets; ammunition.

‘They pumped him full of lead.’;

Trailverb

(military) To carry (a firearm) with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.

Leadnoun

(uncountable) The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction, course

‘to take the lead’; ‘to be under the lead of another’;

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Trailverb

To flatten (grass, etc.) by walking through it; to tread down.

Leadnoun

(uncountable) Precedence; advance position; also, the measure of precedence; the state of being ahead in a race; the highest score in a game in an incomplete game.

‘the white horse had the lead.’; ‘to be in the lead’; ‘She lost the lead.’; ‘Smith managed to extend her lead over the second place to half a second.’;

Trailverb

(dated) To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.

Leadnoun

An insulated metallic wire for electrical devices and equipment.

Trailnoun

The track or indication marking the route followed by something that has passed, such as the footprints of animal on land or the contrail of an airplane in the sky.

Leadnoun

(baseball) The situation where a runner steps away from a base while waiting for the pitch to be thrown.

‘The runner took his lead from first.’;

Trailnoun

A route for travel over land, especially a narrow, unpaved pathway for use by hikers, horseback riders, etc.

Leadnoun

The act or right of playing first in a game or round; the card suit, or piece, so played

‘your partner has the lead’;

Trailnoun

A trailer broadcast on television for a forthcoming film or programme.

Leadnoun

(acting) The main role in a play or film; the lead role.

Trailnoun

(graph theory) A walk in which all the edges are distinct.

Leadnoun

(acting) The actor who plays the main role; lead actor.

Trailverb

To hunt by the track; to track.

Leadnoun

(countable) A channel of open water in an ice field.

Trailverb

To draw or drag, as along the ground.

‘And hung his head, and trailed his legs along.’; ‘They shall not trail me through their streetsLike a wild beast.’; ‘Long behind he trails his pompous robe.’;

Leadnoun

A lode.

Trailverb

To carry, as a firearm, with the breech near the ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece being held by the right hand near the middle.

Leadnoun

(nautical) The course of a rope from end to end.

Trailverb

To tread down, as grass, by walking through it; to lay flat.

Leadnoun

A rope, leather strap, or similar device with which to lead an animal; a leash

Trailverb

To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.

‘I presently perceived she was (what is vernacularly termed) trailing Mrs. Dent; that is, playing on her ignorance.’;

Leadnoun

In a steam engine, the width of port opening which is uncovered by the valve, for the admission or release of steam, at the instant when the piston is at end of its stroke.

Trailverb

To be drawn out in length; to follow after.

‘When his brother saw the red blood trail.’;

Leadnoun

Charging lead. en

Trailverb

To grow to great length, especially when slender and creeping upon the ground, as a plant; to run or climb.

Leadnoun

(civil engineering) The distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.

Trailnoun

A track left by man or beast; a track followed by the hunter; a scent on the ground by the animal pursued; as, a deer trail.

‘They traveled in the bed of the brook, leaving no dangerous trail.’; ‘How cheerfully on the false trail they cry!’;

Leadnoun

(horology) The action of a tooth, such as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet.

Trailnoun

A footpath or road track through a wilderness or wild region; as, an Indian trail over the plains.

Leadnoun

Hypothesis that has not been pursued

‘The investigation stalled when all leads turned out to be dead ends.’;

Trailnoun

Anything drawn out to a length; as, the trail of a meteor; a trail of smoke.

‘When lightning shoots in glittering trails along.’;

Leadnoun

Information obtained by a detective or police officer that allows him or her to discover further details about a crime or incident.

‘The police have a couple of leads they will follow to solve the case.’;

Trailnoun

Anything drawn behind in long undulations; a train.

Leadnoun

(marketing) Potential opportunity for a sale or transaction, a potential customer.

‘Joe is a great addition to our sales team, he has numerous leads in the paper industry.’;

Trailnoun

Anything drawn along, as a vehicle.

Leadnoun

Information obtained by a news reporter about an issue or subject that allows him or her to discover more details.

Trailnoun

A frame for trailing plants; a trellis.

Leadnoun

(curling) The player who throws the first two rocks for a team.

Trailnoun

The entrails of a fowl, especially of game, as the woodcock, and the like; - applied also, sometimes, to the entrails of sheep.

‘The woodcock is a favorite with epicures, and served with its trail in, is a delicious dish.’;

Leadnoun

(newspapers) A teaser; a lead-in; the start of a newspaper column, telling who, what, when, where, why and how. (Sometimes spelled as lede for this usage to avoid ambiguity.)

Trailnoun

That part of the stock of a gun carriage which rests on the ground when the piece is unlimbered. See Illust. of Gun carriage, under Gun.

Leadnoun

An important news story that appears on the front page of a newspaper or at the beginning of a news broadcast

Trailnoun

The act of taking advantage of the ignorance of a person; an imposition.

Leadnoun

(engineering) The axial distance a screw thread travels in one revolution. It is equal to the pitch times the number of starts.

Trailnoun

a track or mark left by something that has passed;

‘there as a trail of blood’; ‘a tear left its trail on her cheek’;

Leadnoun

(music) In a barbershop quartet, the person who sings the melody, usually the second tenor

Trailnoun

a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country

Leadnoun

(music) The announcement by one voice part of a theme to be repeated by the other parts.

Trailnoun

evidence pointing to a possible solution;

‘the police are following a promising lead’; ‘the trail led straight to the perpetrator’;

Leadnoun

(music) A mark or a short passage in one voice part, as of a canon, serving as a cue for the entrance of others.

Trailverb

to lag or linger behind;

‘But in so many other areas we still are dragging’;

Leadnoun

(engineering) The excess above a right angle in the angle between two consecutive cranks, as of a compound engine, on the same shaft.

Trailverb

go after with the intent to catch;

‘The policeman chased the mugger down the alley’; ‘the dog chased the rabbit’;

Leadnoun

(electrical) The angle between the line joining the brushes of a continuous-current dynamo and the diameter symmetrical between the poles.

Trailverb

move, proceed, or walk draggingly pr slowly;

‘John trailed behind behis class mates’; ‘The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart’;

Leadnoun

(electrical) The advance of the current phase in an alternating circuit beyond that of the electromotive force producing it.

Trailverb

hang down so as to drag along the ground;

‘The bride's veiled trailed along the ground’;

Leadverb

(transitive) To cover, fill, or affect with lead

‘continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.’;

Trailverb

drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground;

‘The toddler was trailing his pants’; ‘She trained her long scarf behind her’;

Leadverb

To place leads between the lines of.

‘to lead a page; leaded matter’;

Trail

A trail is usually a path, track or unpaved lane or road. In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, path or footpath is the preferred term for a walking trail.

Leadverb

To guide or conduct.

Leadverb

To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact connection.

‘a father leads a child;’; ‘a jockey leads a horse with a halter;’; ‘a dog leads a blind man’;

Leadverb

To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, especially by going with or going in advance of, to lead a pupil; to guide somebody somewhere or to bring somebody somewhere by means of instructions.

‘The guide was able to lead the tourists through the jungle safely.’;

Leadverb

(figuratively): To direct; to counsel; to instruct

‘A good teacher should lead their students to the right answer.’;

Leadverb

To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or charge of; to command, especially a military or business unit.

‘to lead a political party’; ‘to lead the search team’;

Leadverb

To guide or conduct oneself in, through, or along (a certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to cause (one) to proceed or follow in (a certain course).

‘The evidence leads me to believe he is guilty.’;

Leadverb

(intransitive) To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preeminence; to be first or chief; — used in most of the senses of the transitive verb.

Leadverb

(heading) To begin, to be ahead.

Leadverb

(transitive) To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be foremost or chief among.

‘the big sloop led the fleet of yachts;’; ‘the Guards led the attack;’; ‘Demosthenes leads the orators of all ages’;

Leadverb

(intransitive) To lead off or out, to go first; to begin.

Leadverb

(intransitive) To be more advanced in technology or business than others.

Leadverb

(transitive) To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure

‘to lead someone to a righteous cause’;

Leadverb

(intransitive) To tend or reach in a certain direction, or to a certain place.

‘the path leads to the mill;’; ‘gambling leads to other vices’;

Leadverb

To produce (with to).

‘The shock led to a change in his behaviour.’;

Leadverb

misspelling of led

Leadadjective

(not comparable) Foremost.

‘The contestants are all tied; no one has the lead position.’;

Leadadjective

(music) main, principal

‘the lead guitarist’; ‘lead trumpet’;

Leadnoun

One of the elements, a heavy, pliable, inelastic metal, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished. It is both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity, and is used for tubes, sheets, bullets, etc. Its specific gravity is 11.37. It is easily fusible (melting point 327.5° C), forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic number 82. Atomic weight, 207.2. Symbol Pb (L. Plumbum). It is chiefly obtained from the mineral galena, lead sulphide.

Leadnoun

An article made of lead or an alloy of lead

‘I would have the tower two stories, and goodly leads upon the top.’;

Leadnoun

A small cylinder of black lead or graphite, used in pencils.

Leadnoun

The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another.

‘At the time I speak of, and having a momentary lead, . . . I am sure I did my country important service.’;

Leadnoun

Precedence; advance position; also, the measure of precedence; as, the white horse had the lead; a lead of a boat's length, or of half a second.

Leadnoun

The act or right of playing first in a game or round; the card suit, or piece, so played; as, your partner has the lead.

Leadnoun

An open way in an ice field.

Leadnoun

A lode.

Leadnoun

The course of a rope from end to end.

Leadnoun

The width of port opening which is uncovered by the valve, for the admission or release of steam, at the instant when the piston is at end of its stroke.

Leadnoun

the distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.

Leadnoun

The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet.

Leadnoun

The announcement by one voice part of a theme to be repeated by the other parts.

Leadnoun

In an internal-combustion engine, the distance, measured in actual length of piston stroke or the corresponding angular displacement of the crank, of the piston from the end of the compression stroke when ignition takes place; - called in full lead of the ignition. When ignition takes place during the working stroke the corresponding distance from the commencement of the stroke is called negative lead.

Leadnoun

The excess above a right angle in the angle between two consecutive cranks, as of a compound engine, on the same shaft.

Leadnoun

In spiral screw threads, worm wheels, or the like, the amount of advance of any point in the spiral for a complete turn.

Leadnoun

The angle between the line joining the brushes of a continuous-current dynamo and the diameter symmetrical between the poles.

Leadnoun

A role for a leading man or leading woman; also, one who plays such a role.

Leadnoun

The first story in a newspaper or broadcast news program.

Leadnoun

an electrical conductor, typically as an insulated wire or cable, connecting an electrical device to another device or to a power source, such as a conductor conveying electricity from a dynamo.

Leadnoun

the distance a runner on base advances from one base toward the next before the pitch; as, the long lead he usually takes tends to distract the pitchers.

Leadverb

To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.

Leadverb

To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter.

Leadverb

To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact or connection; as, a father leads a child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a blind man.

‘If a blind man lead a blind man, both fall down in the ditch.’; ‘They thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill.’; ‘In thy right hand lead with theeThe mountain nymph, sweet Liberty.’;

Leadverb

To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, esp. by going with or going in advance of.

‘The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way.’; ‘He leadeth me beside the still waters.’; ‘This thought might lead me through the world's vain mask.Content, though blind, had I no better guide.’;

Leadverb

To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or charge of; as, to lead an army, an exploring party, or a search; to lead a political party.

‘Christ took not upon him flesh and blood that he might conquer and rule nations, lead armies, or possess places.’;

Leadverb

To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be foremost or chief among; as, the big sloop led the fleet of yachts; the Guards led the attack; Demosthenes leads the orators of all ages.

‘As Hesperus, that leads the sun his way.’; ‘And lo ! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.’;

Leadverb

To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure; as, to lead one to espouse a righteous cause.

‘He was driven by the necessities of the times, more than led by his own disposition, to any rigor of actions.’; ‘Silly women, laden with sins, led away by divers lusts.’;

Leadverb

To guide or conduct one's self in, through, or along (a certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to cause (one) to proceed or follow in (a certain course).

‘That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.’; ‘Nor thou with shadowed hint confuseA life that leads melodious days.’; ‘You remember . . . the life he used to lead his wife and daughter.’;

Leadverb

To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led.

Leadverb

To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preëminence; to be first or chief; - used in most of the senses of lead, v. t.

Leadverb

To tend or reach in a certain direction, or to a certain place; as, the path leads to the mill; gambling leads to other vices.

‘The mountain foot that leads towards Mantua.’;

Leadnoun

a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray;

‘the children were playing with lead soldiers’;

Leadnoun

an advantage held by a competitor in a race;

‘he took the lead at the last turn’;

Leadnoun

evidence pointing to a possible solution;

‘the police are following a promising lead’; ‘the trail led straight to the perpetrator’;

Leadnoun

a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead');

‘he takes the lead in any group’; ‘we were just waiting for someone to take the lead’; ‘they didn't follow our lead’;

Leadnoun

the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)

Leadnoun

the introductory section of a story;

‘it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter’;

Leadnoun

an actor who plays a principal role

Leadnoun

(baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base;

‘he took a long lead off first’;

Leadnoun

an indication of potential opportunity;

‘he got a tip on the stock market’; ‘a good lead for a job’;

Leadnoun

a news story of major importance

Leadnoun

the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine

Leadnoun

restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

Leadnoun

thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing

Leadnoun

mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil

Leadnoun

a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire;

‘it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads’;

Leadnoun

the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge;

‘the lead was in the dummy’;

Leadverb

take somebody somewhere;

‘We lead him to our chief’; ‘can you take me to the main entrance?’; ‘He conducted us to the palace’;

Leadverb

result in;

‘The water left a mark on the silk dress’; ‘Her blood left a stain on the napkin’;

Leadverb

tend to or result in;

‘This remark lead to further arguments among the guests’;

Leadverb

travel in front of; go in advance of others;

‘The procession was headed by John’;

Leadverb

cause to undertake a certain action;

‘Her greed led her to forge the checks’;

Leadverb

stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point;

‘Service runs all the way to Cranbury’; ‘His knowledge doesn't go very far’; ‘My memory extends back to my fourth year of life’; ‘The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets’;

Leadverb

be in charge of;

‘Who is heading this project?’;

Leadverb

be ahead of others; be the first;

‘she topped her class every year’;

Leadverb

be conducive to;

‘The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing’;

Leadverb

lead, as in the performance of a composition;

‘conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years’;

Leadverb

pass or spend;

‘lead a good life’;

Leadverb

lead, extend, or afford access;

‘This door goes to the basement’; ‘The road runs South’;

Leadverb

move ahead (of others) in time or space

Leadverb

cause something to pass or lead somewhere;

‘Run the wire behind the cabinet’;

Leadverb

preside over;

‘John moderated the discussion’;

Leadverb

cause (a person or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, etc. while moving forward

‘she emerged leading a bay horse’;

Leadverb

show (someone or something) the way to a destination by going in front of or beside them

‘she stood up and led her friend to the door’;

Leadverb

be a route or means of access to a particular place or in a particular direction

‘a farm track led off to the left’; ‘the door led to a long hallway’;

Leadverb

be a reason or motive for (someone)

‘nothing that I have read about the case leads me to the conclusion that anything untoward happened’; ‘a fascination for art led him to start a collection of paintings’;

Leadverb

culminate or result in (a particular event or consequence)

‘closing the plant will lead to 300 job losses’; ‘fashioning a policy appropriate to the situation entails understanding the forces that led up to it’;

Leadverb

be in charge or command of

‘a military delegation was led by the Chief of Staff’;

Leadverb

organize and direct

‘the conference included sessions led by people with personal knowledge of the area’;

Leadverb

be the principal player of (a group of musicians)

‘since the forties he has led his own big bands’;

Leadverb

set (a process) in motion

‘they are waiting for an expansion of world trade to lead a recovery’;

Leadverb

start

‘the radio news led with the murder’; ‘Ned leads off with a general survey of the objectives’;

Leadverb

make an attack with (a particular punch or fist)

‘Adam led with a left’;

Leadverb

(of a base runner) be in a position to run from a base while standing off the base.

Leadverb

(in card games) play (the first card) in a trick or round of play

‘he led the ace and another heart’;

Leadverb

have the advantage over competitors in a race or game

‘he followed up with a break of 105 to lead 3-0’; ‘the Wantage jockey was leading the field’;

Leadverb

be superior to (competitors or colleagues)

‘there will be specific areas or skills in which other nations lead the world’;

Leadverb

have or experience (a particular way of life)

‘she's led a completely sheltered life’;

Leadnoun

the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow

‘Britain is now taking the lead in environmental policies’;

Leadnoun

a piece of information that may help in the resolution of a problem

‘detectives investigating the murder are chasing new leads’; ‘I have a lead on a job that sounds really promising’;

Leadnoun

someone or something that may be useful, especially a potential customer or business opportunity

‘setting up a social networking page can help you get numerous leads’; ‘the goal of marketing is to generate leads so the sales people can close them’;

Leadnoun

(in card games) an act or right of playing first in a trick or round of play

‘it's your lead’;

Leadnoun

the card played first in a trick or round

‘the ♦8 was an inspired lead’;

Leadnoun

a position of advantage in a contest; first place

‘the team burst into life and took the lead’; ‘they were beaten 5-3 after twice being in the lead’;

Leadnoun

an amount by which a competitor is ahead of the others

‘the team held a slender one-goal lead’;

Leadnoun

the chief part in a play or film

‘she had the lead in a new film’; ‘the lead role’;

Leadnoun

the person playing the chief part

‘he still looked like a romantic lead’;

Leadnoun

the chief performer or instrument of a specified type

‘a lead guitarist’;

Leadnoun

the item of news given the greatest prominence in a newspaper, broadcast, etc.

‘the ‘pensions revolution’ is the lead in the Times’; ‘the lead story on CNN’;

Leadnoun

the opening sentence or paragraph of a news article, summarizing the most important aspects of the story

‘the newswire will be offering two different leads for certain stories, so editors can pick and choose’;

Leadnoun

a strap or cord for restraining and guiding a dog or other domestic animal

‘the dog is our constant walking companion and is always kept on a lead’;

Leadnoun

a wire that conveys electric current from a source to an appliance, or that connects two points of a circuit together.

Leadnoun

the distance advanced by a screw in one turn.

Leadnoun

an artificial watercourse leading to a mill.

Leadnoun

a channel of water in an ice field.

Leadnoun

a soft, heavy, ductile bluish-grey metal, the chemical element of atomic number 82. It has been used in roofing, plumbing, ammunition, storage batteries, radiation shields, etc., and its compounds have been used in crystal glass, as an anti-knock agent in petrol, and (formerly) in paints.

Leadnoun

used figuratively as a symbol of something heavy

‘Joe's feet felt like lumps of lead’;

Leadnoun

an item or implement made of lead.

Leadnoun

sheets or strips of lead covering a roof.

Leadnoun

a piece of lead-covered roof.

Leadnoun

lead frames holding the glass of a lattice or stained-glass window.

Leadnoun

a lump of lead suspended on a line to determine the depth of water.

Leadnoun

graphite used as the part of a pencil that makes a mark

‘scrawls done with a bit of pencil lead’;

Leadnoun

a blank space between lines of print.

Lead

Lead is a chemical element with the symbol Pb (from the Latin plumbum) and atomic number 82. It is a heavy metal that is denser than most common materials.

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