[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
strings for leading and supporting a child learning to walk.
excessively restraining guidance:
His parents tried to keep him in leading strings, but he finally married and moved away.
[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/ noun, Music. 1. the seventh degree of a diatonic scale; subtonic.
[lee-ding wind] /ˈli dɪŋ ˈwɪnd/ noun, Nautical. 1. a wind abeam or on the quarter, especially one strong enough to be a good sailing wind.
[led] /lɛd/ noun 1. Chemistry. a heavy, comparatively soft, malleable, bluish-gray metal, sometimes found in its natural state but usually combined as a sulfide, especially in galena. Symbol: Pb; atomic weight: 207.19; atomic number: 82; specific gravity: 11.34 at 20°C. 2. something made of this metal or of one of its alloys. 3. a plummet […]
[led] /lɛd/ noun, Nautical. 1. a line by which a lead is lowered into the water to take soundings: in deep-sea practice, divided into levels one fathom apart, variously treated as marks and deeps. /lɛd/ noun 1. (nautical) a length of line for swinging a lead, marked at various points to indicate multiples of fathoms […]