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 The products consumers get from us are cutting edge and best performing. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 28 Dec. 2021 What was cutting edge two decades ago became painfully slow, resulting in a move to a 50 Mbps wireless service. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 24 Dec. 2021 Once fans are in their seats, the video boards and sound system must be cutting edge. Edgar Thompson,, 1 Sep. 2021 The shape of the tanks is important and a big reason why the process is cutting edge, Goodson, the engineer, said. oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2021 The semiconductor industry lives at the cutting edge of technological progress. Will Knight, Wired, 12 Nov. 2021 Go-getters and creative individuals love to be on the cutting edge of things. Expert Panel, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 All in the service of portraying Patrizia, a woman of complex motives who helped elevate the Gucci brand to the cutting edge of chic while facilitating a family rift that ultimately tore their dynasty apart. Chris Lee, Vulture, 23 Nov. 2021 While Microsoft got a later jump than competitors Nintendo and Sony, the folks in Redmond, Wash. have been on the cutting edge of gaming at several points in the past two decades, most recently with its subscription-style Game Pass service. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2021

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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 2022

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“Cutting edge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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