|state of the art|
|1.||the level of knowledge and development achieved in a technique, science, etc, esp at present|
|2.||the most recent and therefore considered the best; up-to-the-minute: a state-of-the-art amplifier|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
state of the art
The highest level of development, very up-to-date, as in This new television set reflects the state of the art in screen technology. Despite including the word art, this term originated in technology, and its first recorded use appears in a 1910 book on the gas turbine. Today it is often used adjectivally, as in This is a state-of-the-art camera, and sometimes very loosely, as in That movie is state-of-the-art Woody Allen.