leading edge

\ ˈlē-diŋ- How to pronounce leading edge (audio) \

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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Other Words from leading edge

leading-edge \ ˈlē-​diŋ-​ˈej How to pronounce leading edge (audio) \ adjective

Examples of leading edge in a Sentence

the leading edge of an airplane's wing the leading edge of a thunderstorm
Recent Examples on the Web Trump's rhetoric is only the leading edge of what will be a main thrust of the Republican argument against total Democratic control in Washington heading into the 2022 midterm elections. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 7 June 2021 Face recognition, in fact, is now the leading edge of public surveillance. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 4 May 2021 But the leading edge of a new low pressure trough will begin to show on Wednesday. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021 The triplet sighting in Milwaukee is on the leading edge of Wisconsin whitetail births; most are born from mid-May through early June. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2021 Accordingly, designers and luxury companies such as Balenciaga that prize themselves for being on fashion’s leading edge have been making denim with baggier fits. Marc Bain, Quartz, 9 Apr. 2021 China remains far from hosting real rivals to American chip giants like Intel and Nvidia, and its semiconductor manufacturers are at least four years behind the leading edge in Taiwan. New York Times, 24 Dec. 2020 The National Women’s Soccer League has been on the leading edge of this sponsorship movement. Harrison Wise, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2021 The Oregon Zoo has been on the leading edge of those efforts. oregonlive, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of leading edge

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of leading edge was in 1877

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12 Jun 2021

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“Leading edge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20edge. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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