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 By using cutting edge technology, the project aims to detect signs of dementia long before noticeable symptoms, such as memory loss. Ben Church, CNN, "New study to monitor ex-soccer stars for early signs of dementia," 7 Jan. 2020 Each side will want access to the real thing—and, ideally, to deny the firm’s cutting edge to the other. The Economist, "A look inside the factory around which the modern world turns," 18 Dec. 2019 Mexican-American winemakers in California, men and women who came to the U.S. as the primary field laborers and in large part provided the backbone of the industry, are now revolutionizing winemaking as cutting edge vintners. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "Celebrating Master Chefs and Revolutionary Culinary Moments," 5 Nov. 2019 Just as blockchain technology has attracted adherents who never wanted anything to do with Bitcoin, stablecoins have drawn the interest of central bankers around the world, a group not usually seen as cutting edge. Washington Post, "Crypto Goes Up and Down, But Is It Getting Anywhere?," 29 Nov. 2019 Bombay Darbar isn’t meant to be cutting edge or creative Modern Indian that has sprouted in trendier parts of Miami. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 2019 Whether the idea is cutting edge or fantasy is another matter. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The Silicon Valley of freshwater': UW System aims high, but is the money there?," 6 June 2019 With a portfolio of cutting edge powerful processors, AMD is now hugely profitable, revenues are growing double digits, and the stock has skyrocketed more than 1,000 percent since Su took charge. Susie Gharib, Fortune, "AMD CEO On Leading a Turnaround: Pragmatism and Patience," 13 Nov. 2019 The Hall of Fame studies and promotes play, with toys ranging from inexpensive and low-tech to cutting edge. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The 3 Toys That Made This Year's Toy Hall of Fame Class," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Cutting edge.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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