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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")

With this pronunciation, "lead" refers to:

  • lead, the chemical element
  • 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 in typography

When pronounced /ˈliːd/ (rhymes with "need")

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

As a name


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

There is more than one meaning of Lead discussed in the 1911 Encyclopedia. We are planning to let all links go to the correct meaning directly, but for now you will have to search it out from the list below by yourself. If you want to change the link that led you here yourself, it would be appreciated.








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