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Definition of leader:

  1. A block of hard wood pierced with suitable holes for leading ropes in their proper places.
  2. A branch or small vein, not important in itself, but indicating the proximity of a better one.
  3. A horse placed in advance of others; one of the forward pair of horses.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A pipe for conducting rain water from a roof to a cistern or to the ground; a conductor.
  7. 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.
  8. A type having a dot or short row of dots upon its face.
  9. One having authority to direct; a chief; a commander.
  10. One who goes first.
  11. One who, or that which, leads or conducts; a guide; a conductor.
  12. The first, or the principal, editorial article in a newspaper; a leading or main editorial article.
  13. The principal wheel in any kind of machinery.

Synonyms:

high-flier, centerfold, barb, performer, bough, classified ad, fishing line, cheesecake, notable, big shot, decoy, loss leader, byline, duct, administration, escort, show, clock, banner headline, demagogue, celluloid, chloroplast, pacemaker, chieftain, guide, attractor, bassist, boy wonder, articulation, dash, dub, tube, come, autocrat, headman, commodity, trendsetter, dragnet, bandsman, composer, dignitary, usher, concertmaster, CD, the blocks, drummer, the establishment, lion, line, VIP, blossom, beat out, blast, feature, survivor, hotshot, accompany, fishing rod, notability, dub in, audiovisual, attracter, penstock, false start, precede, catkin, novelty, enforcer, advice column, dead heat, ahead, fig leaf, honcho, channel, busker, somebody, creel, enforcer, eminence, come in, arrange, nabob, cellist, article, top dog, DAT, number one, bole, drum major, lead, drifter, pilot, fiddler, bait, audiotape, accompanist, bargain, dictator, special, employer, document, branch, conduit, atmospherics, cartoon, big wheel, corm, drop back, bang out, bigwig, announcement, heavyweight, jefe, personage, dub out, big-timer, over, front-runner, introduction, impresario, character, words, boss man, executor, pacer, blast away, shepherd, hierarch, drift net, cockpit, crown, success story, important, pacesetter, musician, someone, helmsman, Dictaphone, trough, back, attraction, muckamuck, draw, figurehead, bark, artwork, drawing card, baton.

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