cutting edge


Definition of cutting edge

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

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Other Words from cutting edge

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

Synonyms for cutting edge


avant-garde, van, vanguard

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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.

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Wong said the papers on using technology to detect emotions in videos weren’t particularly cutting edge, which partly explains why they can be made public. Bloomberg,, "Huawei personnel worked with China’s military on research projects," 26 June 2019 The company recently made significant investments in designing a creative workspace featuring cutting edge-tools like high performance PCs and an in-house recording and production studio. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, is cutting edge technology used by scientists to splice and edit genes to create stronger crops and avoid unintended mutations. Discover Magazine, "The CRISPR Revolution," 1 Apr. 2019 The police department utilized cutting edge technology to investigate this case, but in the end, it was solved with good old fashion police work. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Troy man charged in string of Royal Oak fires," 7 June 2019 With cutting edge design, large open windows, and a pool house that'll make your jaw hit the floor, the $6.95 million home is turning heads—and has been for years. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Stunning Mansion Featured in ‘La La Land’ is Now For Sale," 10 May 2019 WCW’s product was cutting edge and scorching hot in 1997, and both Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were gone from the WWE in a five-month period from November of ‘97 to March of ‘98. Justin Barrasso,, "Top 10 Takeaways From WWE’s Raw 25," 23 Jan. 2018 The reverend who leads the local church, locked in perpetual mourning after an accident took the lives of four local teens, instills that cutting edge dancing and music are unlawful. Karie Angell Luc,, "Wilmette's high energy 'Footloose' production shares message of empowering teens," 12 July 2018 Credit the songs’ production, which still sound cutting edge in 2018, and especially Big Boi’s towering stage presence and commanding flow. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: The Weeknd lives up to superstar status at Summerfest in Milwaukee," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of cutting edge

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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