leading edge


: the forward part of something that moves or seems to move
: the foremost edge of an airfoil
leading-edge adjective

Examples of leading edge in a Sentence

the leading edge of an airplane's wing the leading edge of a thunderstorm
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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of leading edge was in 1877

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“Leading edge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20edge. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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