Leading strings
Leading Lead"ing, a. Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example. -- {Lead"ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

{Leading case} (Law), a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law of the question involved. --Abbott.

{Leading motive} [a translation of G. leitmotif] (Mus.), a guiding theme; in the musical drama of Wagner, a marked melodic phrase or short passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label. Also called {leitmotif} or {leitmotiv}.

{Leading note} (Mus.), the seventh note or tone in the ascending major scale; the sensible note.

{Leading question}, a question so framed as to guide the person questioned in making his reply.

{Leading strings}, strings by which children are supported when beginning to walk.

{To be in leading strings}, to be in a state of infancy or dependence, or under the guidance of others.

{Leading wheel}, a wheel situated before the driving wheels of a locomotive engine. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • leading strings — [lēd′iŋ] n. 1. strings or straps formerly used to guide and support a young child learning to walk 2. a condition of childlike dependence or restricting guidance: usually in phr. in leading strings (to) …   English World dictionary

  • Leading strings — are narrow straps of fabric attached to children s clothing in seventeenth and eighteenth century Europe which originally functioned as a sort of leash to keep the child from straying too far or falling as they learned to walk.ee also*1650 1700… …   Wikipedia

  • leading strings — ˈlē noun plural 1. : strings by which children are sometimes supported when beginning to walk 2. : a state of dependence or tutelage : guidance leading strings had been so willingly accepted that they were scarcely felt E.M.Forster usually used… …   Useful english dictionary

  • leading strings — /lee ding/ 1. strings for leading and supporting a child learning to walk. 2. excessively restraining guidance: His parents tried to keep him in leading strings, but he finally married and moved away. [1670 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • To be in leading strings — Leading Lead ing, a. Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example. {Lead ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Leading case} (Law), a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leading — Lead ing, a. Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example. {Lead ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Leading case} (Law), a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leading case — Leading Lead ing, a. Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example. {Lead ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Leading case} (Law), a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leading motive — Leading Lead ing, a. Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example. {Lead ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Leading case} (Law), a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leading note — Leading Lead ing, a. Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example. {Lead ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Leading case} (Law), a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leading question — Leading Lead ing, a. Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example. {Lead ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Leading case} (Law), a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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