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.
Recent Examples on the Web Other critics have pointed out that Beeple's groundbreaking work isn't just in questionable taste. Jeff Yang, CNN, 13 Nov. 2021 Jewish Hospital, which was the site of groundbreaking work with artificial hearts in the 1980s, is one of four programs in the country authorized to perform the surgery using the Aeson device. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 25 Oct. 2021 The chassis, not exactly groundbreaking, features a multilink setup with coil springs, adaptive dampers, and anti-roll bars in front and back. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 12 Nov. 2021 The technologically groundbreaking but narratively uneven Polar Express animates Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book through what was a fancy new innovation at the time: motion-capture. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 8 Nov. 2021 This resource features the work of heavyweights such as Ibram X. Kendi, author of the groundbreaking and wildly popular book How to Be an Antiracist, and activist and speaker Verna Myers. Christina Wyman, Wired, 27 Oct. 2021 Haynes has always been very conscious of such hopes — especially when they are based on gender and sexuality, an area in which rock has been simultaneously groundbreaking and retrograde. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 And if history repeats itself, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS will be remembered as groundbreaking – and its cutting-edge innovations will soon become commonplace. Michael Harley, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 The John Jay College report, though comprehensive and groundbreaking, had other shortcomings. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of groundbreaking

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Groundbreaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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: introducing new ideas or methods


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