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

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 Fire crews used bulldozers to dig containment lines around the fire's leading edge, the Forest Service said. Terry Wallace, Chron, 21 July 2022 Idaho has been on the leading edge of this alliance. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 15 June 2022 Middle and lower-income consumers were on the leading edge as inflation began to take its toll, but now the higher-income consumers are starting to feel the pinch and respond accordingly. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 2 June 2022 The new fabs will add capacity to feed Intel's foundry ambitions, which CEO Pat Gelsinger is betting will help the company regain the leading edge. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2022 Texas is at the leading edge of what doctors fear will be a wave of more complicated pregnancies and sicker patients in the wake of the high court’s decision. Jessica Bartlett, BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2022 Also, only a few countries in the world are at the leading edge of a suite of advanced innovation, ranging from high performance computing to nuclear technologies, a promising pathway to reducing carbon emissions. Deborah Wince-smith, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Just a few years ago, Hillsong was the leading edge of cool Christianity, a quickly expanding network that appealed to young people and city dwellers with energetic, stylish preachers and an upbeat atmosphere. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 The awards are designed to honor individuals and organizations demonstrating leading edge, innovative practices within the thriving Oak Brook area business community, the release said. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'leading edge.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of leading edge

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About leading edge

Time Traveler for leading edge

Time Traveler

The first known use of leading edge was in 1877

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near leading edge

leading brand

leading edge

leading indicator

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for leading edge

Last Updated

11 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Leading edge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20edge. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!