Definitions for: Leader


[n] a featured article of merchandise sold at a loss in order to draw customers
[n] a person who rules or guides or inspires others



Webster (1913) Definition: Lead"er, n.
1. One who, or that which, leads or conducts; a guide; a
conductor. Especially:
(a) One who goes first.
(b) One having authority to direct; a chief; a commander.
(c) (Mus.) A performer who leads a band or choir in music;
also, in an orchestra, the principal violinist; the
one who plays at the head of the first violins.
(d) (Naut.) A block of hard wood pierced with suitable
holes for leading ropes in their proper places.
(e) (Mach.) The principal wheel in any kind of machinery.
[Obs. or R.] --G. Francis.
(f) A horse placed in advance of others; one of the
forward pair of horses.

He forgot to pull in his leaders, and they
gallop away with him at times. --Hare.
(g) A pipe for conducting rain water from a roof to a
cistern or to the ground; a conductor.
(h) (Fishing) A net for leading fish into a pound, weir,
etc.; also, a line of gut, to which the snell of a fly
hook is attached.
(i) (Mining) A branch or small vein, not important in
itself, but indicating the proximity of a better one.

2. The first, or the principal, editorial article in a
newspaper; a leading or main editorial article.

3. (Print.)
(a) A type having a dot or short row of dots upon its
face.
(b) pl. 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.

Syn: chief; chieftain; commander. See Chief.

Synonyms: drawing card, loss leader

Antonyms: follower

See Also: aristocrat, bellwether, blue blood, boss, caller, captain, cheerleader, chief, chieftain, chieftan, choragus, civic leader, civil leader, commander, demigod, Duce, employer, father, feature, galvaniser, galvanizer, guide, guru, head, headman, hero, higher-up, human, imam, imaum, individual, initiator, inspirer, instigator, labor leader, lawgiver, lawmaker, military leader, misleader, model, mortal, nationalist leader, patrician, person, point man, point woman, pol, political leader, politician, politico, presiding officer, religious leader, role model, scoutmaster, somebody, someone, soul, spearhead, spiritual leader, strike leader, superior, superman, superordinate, top dog, torchbearer, trainer, tribal chief, Ubermensch

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