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leading

Maths (of a coefficient) associated with the term of highest degree in a polynomial containing one variable

leading

[′led·iŋ]
(graphic arts)
Space inserted between lines of type to open them up vertically.

leading

A method of setting small panes of glass in a window with cames fabricated of lead.

leading

(text)
/ledding/ The spacing between lines of text. This is defined when a font is designed but can often be altered in order to change the appearance of the text or for special effects. It is measured in points and is normally 120% of the height of the text.

See also kerning, tracking.

leading

Pronounced "ledding." In typography, the vertical spacing between lines of type (between baselines). The name comes from the early hot-metal days of typesetting when the space was achieved with thin bars of lead. Leading is measured in points and includes the point size of the typeface and the actual space between the lines. Thus, 15 points of leading using 12 point type really means three points of space in between lines. See typeface.