leading edge

\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

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leading-edge \ˈlē-diŋ-ˈej \ 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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The flash of brightwork at the doors’ leading edges is very like a BMW. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Kia Stinger GT2: The Best German Car to Come Out of South Korea," 6 Apr. 2018 Most stone chips are probably on your hood leading edge. Paul Wright, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Car Paint Chips," 26 Feb. 2018 The end of ISIS’s temporal empire and first capital does nothing to spare the Middle East and the world of the array of strategic threats and headaches of which jihadis are but one leading edge. Thanassis Cambanis, The Atlantic, "The War on ISIS Held the Middle East Together," 17 Oct. 2017 For more than 30 years, our three UA System campuses have been carving a leading edge in research through the EPSCoR consortium, improving education, the economy and scientific knowledge to benefit our state and nation. Paul Gattis, AL.com, "UAH-led Alabama partnership awarded $20 million research grant," 19 Sep. 2017 Razor-sharp barnacles encrust the knobby leading edge of these appendages, and the whales brandish them with great dexterity. Elin Kelsey, Smithsonian, "What Humpback Whales Can Teach Us About Compassion," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of leading edge

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of leading edge

: the front edge of something that moves

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

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a state of commotion or excitement

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