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leading edge

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
noun
1.
Aeronautics. the edge of an airfoil or propeller blade facing the direction of motion.
2.
something that is or represents the most advanced or innovative aspect of a field, activity, profession, etc.; forefront; vanguard:
the leading edge of technology.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
Related forms
leading-edge, adjective
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Examples for leading edge
  • The drill has teeth around the leading edge and a hollow center.
  • The drill bit is a set of teeth around the leading edge of a hollow pipe.
  • Sometimes the leading edge of one of these storms was a mile-high.
  • Grasp the shower curtain by its leading edge and gently pull until it is flush with the wall.
  • Although he returned to painting and a jet-set social life, his work was never again on the leading edge of the contemporary arts.
  • We generalized the past on behalf of a sleek second-act mentality that viewed the leading edge of life to be all life was.
  • Take a look at the leading edge of robotics technology in this gallery.
  • On perched bird, wing patch shows only as a thin white line along the leading edge of the folded wing.
  • Without a thin, stiff leading edge, they may have been too weak for flight.
  • Water currents increase in speed over the nesting sites, which are situated at the leading edge of submarine plateau.
British Dictionary definitions for leading edge

leading edge

/ˈliːdɪŋ/
noun
1.
the forward edge of a propeller blade, aerofoil, or wing Compare trailing edge
2.
(electrical engineering) the part of a pulse signal that has an increasing amplitude
3.
  1. the leading position in any field
  2. (as modifier) leading-edge technology
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