cutting edge


Definition of cutting edge

1 : a sharp effect or quality
2 : the foremost part or place : vanguard

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cutting-edge \ ˈkə-​tiŋ-​ˌej How to pronounce cutting edge (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of cutting edge in a Sentence

a company that has always been on the cutting edge of the new electronic media He's a director who tries to keep his films right on the cutting edge.
Recent Examples on the Web Huawei and Megvii are two of China’s most prominent tech trailblazers, and officials have cast them as leaders of a national drive to reach the cutting edge of AI development. Washington Post, "Huawei tested AI software that could recognize Uighur minorities and alert police, report says," 8 Dec. 2020 Located in Harlem, ACRIS is loaded with high-tech security features, from cutting edge fire, flood, and theft protection to air that is changed 3-6 times an hour. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Where the Superrich Store Their Art to Avoid Taxes," 24 Dec. 2020 Stylization was cutting edge expression in 1902, part of the development of modern art and its shift away from realistic depiction and into abstraction., "Fruit of paradise is a motif in many world religions, and a potent symbol at Christmas," 21 Dec. 2020 In Clipped, topiarists will be pitted against each other in cutting edge challenges. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "HGTV, Food Network, TLC, and More Enter Streaming Platform Wars," 3 Dec. 2020 In the Trump era — or more precisely in the waning days of the Trump administration — press pool reports have taken on a more cutting edge. Washington Post, "In the waning days of Trump’s presidency, White House press pool reports are getting snarkier," 19 Nov. 2020 According to Nunn, the thickness of a stone’s cutting edge increases more quickly than an evenly ground steel edge. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Killing a Grizzly the Old-Fashioned Way: With a Longbow and a Stone-Point Arrowhead," 17 Nov. 2020 Explore indie games, too, and open yourself up to the cutting edge of game development. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best Nintendo Switch games: Five things to consider," 4 Dec. 2020 Remember how cutting edge these seemed in 2004, after DVDs replaced VHS tapes? Ron Hurtibise,, "From ‘must have’ to ‘don’t need’ — A fond farewell to Black Friday products we once loved | PHOTOS," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cutting edge

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cutting edge was in 1804

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18 Jan 2021

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“Cutting edge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cutting edge

: the sharp edge of something that is used to cut things
: the newest and most advanced area of activity in an art, science, etc.

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