Lead (disambiguation)

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Lead has two different pronunciations and several different meanings, usually related to either the chemical element lead (a heavy metal) or the verb to lead.

When pronounced /ˈlɛd/ (rhymes with "bed")[edit]

With this pronunciation, "lead" refers to:

  • Lead, the chemical element
    • Leads, a term for metal miniature figures used in wargaming, which were once commonly made from an alloy of lead and tin.
  • Pencil lead, which is actually graphite but appears similar to oxidized lead metal
  • Sounding line or lead line ("the lead"), to measure water depth, in navigation

The past tense of the verb to lead is led, pronounced /ˈlɛd/. It is often misspelled as lead.

See also:

  • Leading (or ledding) in typography

When pronounced /ˈld/ (rhymes with "need")[edit]

With this pronunciation, "lead" generally means "first", "ahead", or "guide":

Science and technology[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Music theory[edit]

Writing, journalism, and publishing[edit]

  • Lead paragraph, the opening paragraph of an article
  • Lead (news) (or lede), the leading news story or leading part of a news story
  • News lead, a tip or clue that may lead to the uncovering of newsworthy information

Business and academia[edit]

Animals[edit]

Other uses[edit]