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cutting edge

noun
1.
the sharp edge of a cutting implement.
2.
forefront; lead:
on the cutting edge of computer technology.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
Related forms
cutting-edge, adjective
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Examples for cutting-edge
  • JP doesn't have to be quite so cutting-edge: there are plenty of well-known dinosaurs that weren't in the newspaper yesterday.
  • In order to highlight the use of this cutting-edge material, wherever it is employed it is visible to the eye.
  • Nanotechnology is a cutting-edge advancement within science and engineering.
  • Universities may be the source of cutting-edge knowledge but are rarely cutting-edge organizationally.
  • Given that the handsets are so common, they could bring cutting-edge health care technology to the developing world.
  • As chemistry has ramped up in the past century, ingredients in cosmetics have become increasingly complex and cutting-edge.
  • Scientists in the lab and in the field are closest to cutting-edge research.
  • The practice must have been conceived by some techno-gaga administrator who wanted to be cutting-edge.
  • And when these were finally applied to starlings, they revealed patterns known less from biology than cutting-edge physics.
  • Even straining my creative powers to the limit, clearly there was no way to portray this as cutting-edge science.
British Dictionary definitions for cutting-edge

cutting edge

noun
1.
the leading position in any field; forefront on the cutting edge of space technology
adjective
2.
at the forefront of people or things in a field of activity; leading cutting-edge technology
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cutting-edge
cutting edge
also cutting-edge, 1825 in the literal sense (often at first with reference to plows); fig. sense is from c.1970.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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