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leading1

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
chief; principal; most important; foremost:
a leading toy manufacturer.
2.
coming in advance of others; first:
We rode in the leading car.
3.
directing, guiding.
noun
4.
the act of a person or thing that leads.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (noun); see lead1, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
leadingly, adverb
Synonyms
3. ruling, governing.
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British Dictionary definitions for leadingly

leading1

/ˈliːdɪŋ/
adjective
1.
guiding, directing, or influencing
2.
(prenominal) principal or primary
3.
in the first position: the leading car in the procession
4.
(maths) (of a coefficient) associated with the term of highest degree in a polynomial containing one variable: in 5x² + 2x + 3, 5 is the leading coefficient
Derived Forms
leadingly, adverb

leading2

/ˈlɛdɪŋ/
noun
1.
(printing) the spacing between lines of photocomposed or digitized type Also called interlinear spacing
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Word Origin and History for leadingly

leading

n.

"lead work; lead covering or frame of lead," mid-15c., from lead (n.1).

mid-13c., "a bringing by force," from present participle of lead (v.1). Meaning "direction, guidance" is from late 14c. As an adjective, "directing, guiding."

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