ground·​break·​ing | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌbrā-kiŋ How to pronounce groundbreaking (audio) \

Definition of groundbreaking

: introducing new ideas or methods has written a groundbreaking work

Examples of groundbreaking in a Sentence

She was honored for her groundbreaking work in nuclear physics.

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One of the most groundbreaking moments of her career was after the release of her Fall 2019 collection, with Fessahaye being labeled as the country’s fashion miracle. Maiya Carmichael, Essence, "ESSENCE Fashion House NYC: Selam Fessahaye Wowed The Crowd With Avant-Garde Looks," 7 Sep. 2019 Herb Kelleher, the co-founder of Southwest Airlines Co. who died Thursday at the age of 87, followed a simple but groundbreaking strategy: Keep costs and fares low. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Herb Kelleher, Fun-Loving Co-Founder of Southwest Airlines, Dies at 87," 3 Jan. 2019 The most groundbreaking experiment really does crack the planet’s surface—a drill that will twist 5 meters into the surface to take the first measurements of Mars’ geothermal heat flux. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why Mars InSight Will Be a Mission of Firsts," 23 Nov. 2018 And though Alipay, WeChat and other online services generate oceans of consumer data, as yet its companies do not do the same for corporate data, which will make potentially groundbreaking applications of AI to business hard for it. The Economist, "The challenger," 15 Mar. 2018 Black Panther is already shaping up to be the most groundbreaking film of Marvel's extensive universe of movies. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Kendrick Lamar Brings His Music Video Mastery to Black Panther," 6 Feb. 2018 So what could possibly be wrong with this groundbreaking test flight? Ian Whittaker, Smithsonian, "Is SpaceX Being Environmentally Responsible?," 7 Feb. 2018 And that critical success had a lot to do with Gadot's brave and groundbreaking performance as the feminist icon. The Tylt,, "Biggest Golden Globes snub: Tiffany Haddish or Gal Gadot?," 12 Dec. 2017 How Cameron, Miller, and a writing room composed primarily of men take the groundbreaking character forward from here will be something to watch. Rebecca Keegan,, "Can James Cameron Re-Invent the Action Heroine Again?," 20 Sep. 2017

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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: introducing new ideas or methods

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