LE'ADING, ppr.

1. Guiding; conducting; preceding; drawing; alluring; passing life.

2. a. Chief; principal; capital; most influential; as a leading motive; a leading man in a party.

3. showing the way by going first.

He left his mother a countess by patent, which was a new leading example.

LE'ADING, n. Guidance; the act of conducting; direction.