Definition of lead-in in US English:



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

    as modifier ‘the lead-in note’
    • ‘After the lead-in music played and the taping actually began, some of these barbs turned sharp.’
    • ‘Delete all commercials, long lead-ins and breaks - no other editing is permitted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lead-in time would allow directors bring themselves up to speed on the requirements of the bill.’
    • ‘The objective of the Genesis project is to reduce the lead-in time of setting up a business from three years to one year.’
    • ‘It's a powerful transition, and a smooth lead-in to characters who are now young men, 15 years later.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has been a convention, if we are talking about conventions, that members are allowed a lead-in to a debate.’
    • ‘The following sentences are the lead-ins for the multiple choice questions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bolton Council says there is a lead-in period until December 3 to obtain and start to use the new style book.’
    • ‘Light railway is very expensive and has a longer lead-in time.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Some of the lead-in chapter introductions are very well done - I particularly liked the one on Organizational Transformation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The longer-than-expected lead-in time will allow employers time to prepare for the full implementation of the regulations.’
    • ‘We needed a three-year lead-in period where the status quo remained.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a useful lead-in for them because it allows them to show, visually, that their numbers really do go down.’
    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 antenna to a receiver or transmitter.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’