ground·​break·​ing | \ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌbrā-kiŋ \

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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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 According to Valdés, the most groundbreaking part of his research is the ability to pinpoint neurodegenerative drivers that cause the disease, like inflammation. Samantha J. Gross, miamiherald, "Alzheimer’s bike ride to focus on possible treatments of disease," 20 June 2017 Nvidia’s Max-Q is arguably the most groundbreaking mobile graphics initiative in a generation, enabling gaming laptops to be built three times thinner with three times the performance (according to Nvidia) over previous designs. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nvidia's Max-Q finally gives you GeForce GTX 1080 graphics in a thin-and-light laptop," 29 May 2017 Arguably the most groundbreaking element was a willingness to ruthlessly murder its stars., "Game of Thrones: How They Make the World’s Most Popular Show," 30 June 2017

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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