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state of the art

the latest and most sophisticated or advanced stage of a technology, art, or science.
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state-of-the-art, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for state-of-the-art
  • Internationally-recognised professors, cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art campuses don't come cheap.
  • There are concourse-level luxury boxes, wide concourses, state-of-the-art scoreboards and plenty of concession stands.
  • The department is housed in a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility that includes excellent space for animal research.
  • It is building a state-of-the-art teaching hospital as well as reportedly the largest student-services hall in the world.
  • The cancer treatment is state-of-the-art, but the decor is decidedly behind the times.
  • The past two decades have seen a boom in the design and construction of state-of-the-art sustainable buildings.
  • The doctor performed a sonogram using state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Adjoining the gallery was the state-of-the-art darkroom from which big prints were delivered fresh to the gallery walls.
  • Inside are six spacious, state-of-the-art commercial kitchen facilities lined up side by side.
  • After all, little is gained by installing state-of-the-art equipment if no one nearby can make it work.
British Dictionary definitions for state-of-the-art

state of the art

the level of knowledge and development achieved in a technique, science, etc, esp at present
adjective (prenominal)
the most recent and therefore considered the best; up-to-the-minute: a state-of-the-art amplifier
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Word Origin and History for state-of-the-art

1967, from noun phrase (1910), earlier status of the art (1889). The phrase itself was in use from mid-19c.

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Idioms and Phrases with state-of-the-art

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.
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