bleeding edge


Definition of bleeding edge

: the newest and most advanced part or position especially in technology : the extreme cutting edge So the first thing you learn about the Internet from studying America's Most Admired Companies is that you don't have to be on the bleeding edge of the Web to be admired.— Geoffrey Colvin

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Other Words from bleeding edge

bleeding-edge \ ˈblē-​diŋ-​ˈej How to pronounce bleeding edge (audio) \ adjective
bleeding-edge ideas/technology

Examples of bleeding edge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers on the bleeding edge of physics, chemistry and engineering are experimenting with exotic-sounding substances to be used in microchips. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Graphene and Beyond: The Wonder Materials That Could Replace Silicon in Future Tech," 27 Mar. 2021 One of the key influences of this trend was a series of ’Technomads’ who were computer and communications enthusiasts experimenting with the bleeding edge of mobile telecommunications technology even before the advent of the Internet. Jim Dobson, Forbes, "Outrageous Designs For Nomadic Living In A Post-Pandemic World," 18 Mar. 2021 And the speed at which these breakthroughs are migrating from bleeding edge to the mainstream is head-spinning. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. is getting more powerful, faster, and cheaper—and that’s starting to freak executives out," 9 Mar. 2021 The United States may be witnessing the bleeding edge of a labor force shuffle that often occurs during recessions: Employers who have been forced to cut workers turn to existing or new technology to carry on with less labor. New York Times, "Toll Worker Job Losses Highlight Long-Term Fallout of Pandemic," 4 Feb. 2021 The sodramjet is the latest bleeding edge of a completely different use case. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Experimental Engine That Could Get Us Anywhere in the World in 2 Hours," 2 Dec. 2020 But 166 years ago, this statue represented the bleeding edge of paleontology—and helped kickstart dinomania. Manuel Balce Ceneta, National Geographic, "Who can replace RBG?," 21 Sep. 2020 That’s a wretchedly difficult goal, on the bleeding edge of the technically possible. Bill Mckibben, The New York Review of Books, "Biden’s Most Daunting Adversary," 31 Oct. 2020 James and Natalie Cochran opened Coffee Me Crazy on the bleeding edge of the first big shutdown in March. Mike Sutter,, "Your guide to 7 great new coffee shops in San Antonio: Black Rifle Coffee Co., Coffee Me Crazy, Eleven O Two, Extra Fine, Folklores East, Jolt Coffee and Beverage and Rodkeys," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of bleeding edge

1983, in the meaning defined above

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4 Apr 2021

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“Bleeding edge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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