Definition of lead-in in English:



  • 1An introduction or preamble which allows one to move smoothly on to the next part of something.

    as modifier ‘the lead-in note’
    • ‘We needed a three-year lead-in period where the status quo remained.’
    • ‘Delete all commercials, long lead-ins and breaks - no other editing is permitted.’
    • ‘Light railway is very expensive and has a longer lead-in time.’
    • ‘Notwithstanding the short lead-in season, due to foot-and-mouth restrictions, entries for the National Carriage Driving Championships, starting today, are high, say the organisers.’
    • ‘It forms just one small part of the lead-in campaign to March 26, which, as we all know by now, is the first day of Scotland's smoking ban.’
    • ‘‘Ultimately, the standing shoulder press is a great lead-in exercise for learning more advanced power moves such as push-presses and overhead squats,’ he says.’
    • ‘All patients began a reduced-energy diet at the onset of the placebo lead-in period and followed the diet for the first 52 weeks.’
    • ‘Some of the lead-in chapter introductions are very well done - I particularly liked the one on Organizational Transformation.’
    • ‘The lead-in time would allow directors bring themselves up to speed on the requirements of the bill.’
    • ‘It's a powerful transition, and a smooth lead-in to characters who are now young men, 15 years later.’
    • ‘After a lead-in period from last year, this means that from this year onwards, a grower who plants any seed potatoes, other than certified basic seed, is breaking the law.’
    • ‘The longer-than-expected lead-in time will allow employers time to prepare for the full implementation of the regulations.’
    • ‘After the lead-in music played and the taping actually began, some of these barbs turned sharp.’
    • ‘It gets the album started on a high-octane note, but no matter how scratchy the lead-in guitars are, the expensive production can't make it as excitingly raw as it would like to be.’
    • ‘Bolton Council says there is a lead-in period until December 3 to obtain and start to use the new style book.’
    • ‘The following sentences are the lead-ins for the multiple choice questions.’
    • ‘It has been a convention, if we are talking about conventions, that members are allowed a lead-in to a debate.’
    • ‘On sale from next month, the new model arrives with an uprated specification list and a lead-in price of £18,513, a slight increase over its predecessors.’
    • ‘This is a useful lead-in for them because it allows them to show, visually, that their numbers really do go down.’
    • ‘The objective of the Genesis project is to reduce the lead-in time of setting up a business from three years to one year.’
    introduction, opening remarks, preliminary remarks, preparatory remarks, opening statement, preliminary statement, preparatory statement, preliminaries, preface, overture, prologue
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  • 2A wire leading in from outside, especially from an aerial to a receiver or transmitter.

    • ‘I should also recommend looking for any ‘holes’ or cracks in the outside to inside transition zones in your home - the trim around doors and windows, door sills, antenna lead-ins, etc.’
    • ‘When passing an electrical conductor through a conducting panel at high voltages, our hollow pair lead-ins provide optimum insulation and strength.’
    • ‘Generally, the sliding strips are flush with an edge of the glazing and they project into the interior of the glazing beyond the power lead-ins by at least about 5 millimeters.’