leading edge

noun \ ˈlē-diŋ- \

Definition of leading edge

1 : the forward part of something that moves or seems to move
2 : the foremost edge of an airfoil

leading-edge

play \ˈlē-diŋ-ˈej\ adjective

Examples of leading edge in a Sentence

  1. the leading edge of an airplane's wing

  2. the leading edge of a thunderstorm

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First Known Use of leading edge

1877

leading edge Synonyms

Synonyms
cutting edge, front line, forefront, van, vanguard
Related Words
spearhead

LEADING EDGE Defined for English Language Learners

leading edge

noun

Definition of leading edge for English Language Learners

  • : the front edge of something that moves

  • : the most important or advanced area of activity in a particular field



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