|the past tense and past participle of lead|
lead 1 (lēd)
lead 2 (lěd)
A soft ductile dense metallic element. Atomic number 82; atomic weight 207.19; melting point 327.5°C; boiling point 1,749deg;C; specific gravity 11.35; valence 2, 4.
|LED (ěl'ē-dē', lěd) Pronunciation Key
Short for light-emitting diode. An electronic semiconductor device that emits light when an electric current passes through it. They are considerably more efficient than incandescent bulbs, and rarely burn out. LEDs are used in many applications such as flat-screen video displays, and increasingly as general sources of light. See also semiconductor laser.