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leading edge

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
Aeronautics. the edge of an airfoil or propeller blade facing the direction of motion.
something that is or represents the most advanced or innovative aspect of a field, activity, profession, etc.; forefront; vanguard:
the leading edge of technology.
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leading-edge, adjective Unabridged
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  • On perched bird, wing patch shows only as a thin white line along the leading edge of the folded wing.
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British Dictionary definitions for leading edge

leading edge

the forward edge of a propeller blade, aerofoil, or wing Compare trailing edge
(electrical engineering) the part of a pulse signal that has an increasing amplitude
  1. the leading position in any field
  2. (as modifier): leading-edge technology
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