see also: Leader
  • (British) IPA: /ˈliː.də(ɹ)/
  • (America, Canada) IPA: /ˈlidɚ/

leader (plural leaders)

  1. any person that lead#Verb|leads or directs
    1. one who goes first
      Follow the leader.
    2. one having authority to direct
      We elected her team leader.
      Synonyms: chief, chieftain, commander
    3. one who leads a political party or group of elected party members; sometimes used in titles
      Leader of the House of Commons
      Senate Majority Leader
    4. a person or organization that leads in a certain field in terms of excellence, success, etc.
      The company is the leader in home remodeling in the county.
    5. (music) a performer who leads a band, choir, or a section of an orchestra
      Synonyms: conductor
    6. (music, UK) the first violin in a symphony orchestra; the concertmaster
  2. an animal that leads
    1. the dominant animal in a pack of animals, such as wolves or lions
      Synonyms: alpha, pack leader
    2. an animal placed in advance of others, especially on a team of horse, oxen, or dogs
    3. Either of the two front horses of a team of four in front of a carriage.
      Antonyms: wheeler
  3. someone or something that leads or conducts
    (person that leads or conducts) Synonyms: guide, conductor
    1. (botany) a fast-growing terminal shoot of a woody plant
    2. a pipe for conducting rain water from a roof to a cistern or to the ground
    3. (UK) the first, or the principal, editorial article in a newspaper; a leading or main editorial article; a lead story
    4. (fishing) a section of line between the main fishing line and the snell of a hook, intended to be more resistant to bites and harder for a fish to detect than the main fishing line
    5. a piece of material at the beginning or end of a reel#Noun|reel or roll#Noun|roll to allow the material to be threaded or fed onto something, as a reel of film onto a projector or a roll of paper onto a rotary printing press
    6. (marketing) a loss leader or a popular product sold at a normal price
    7. (printing) a type having a dot or short row of dots upon its face
    8. (printing, in the plural) 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
    9. (fishing) a net for leading fish into a pound, weir, etc.
    10. (mining) a branch or small vein, not important in itself, but indicating the proximity of a better one
    11. (nautical) a block of hard wood pierced with suitable holes for leading ropes in their proper places
    12. A blank introductory portion of tape or film to assist with loading and playback.
    13. (engineering) the drive wheel in any kind of machinery
      Synonyms: driver, drive wheel
    14. (meteorology) the path taken by electrons from a cloud to ground level, determining the shape of a bolt of lightning
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Regenrinne
  • Russian: водосто́чная труба́
Proper noun
  1. Surname for a person who led a horse and cart.

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