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cutting edge

the sharp edge of a cutting implement.
forefront; lead:
on the cutting edge of computer technology.
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cutting-edge, adjective Unabridged
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  • A carving-chisel is very useful in working on odd-shaped pieces, because the cutting edge is bevelled on both sides.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • Many of these tools vary only in size and sweep of cutting edge.

    Wood-Carving George Jack
  • It must be ground with a cutting edge, and very sharp, so that it may freely penetrate into the copper, and not merely scratch it.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
  • Next to the blade on the end of which is the cutting edge, is the shank, Fig. 65.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • Its small quadrate teeth are very much like those of the dogfish, their tips so turned aside as to form a cutting edge.

British Dictionary definitions for cutting edge

cutting edge

the leading position in any field; forefront: on the cutting edge of space technology
at the forefront of people or things in a field of activity; leading: cutting-edge technology
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Word Origin and History for cutting edge

also cutting-edge, 1825 in the literal sense (often at first with reference to plows); figurative sense is from 1964.

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