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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 of cutting edge
1950-1955
First recorded in 1950-55
Related forms
cutting-edge, adjective
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  • As a result the cutting edge of one side will do more work than the other.

  • Many of these tools vary only in size and sweep of cutting edge.

    Wood-Carving George Jack
  • Next to the blade on the end of which is the cutting edge, is the shank, Fig. 65.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes
  • The cutting edge runs at right angles to the sides of the blade.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes
  • Others, with a cutting edge all round, may have been provided with a handle.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
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

also cutting-edge, 1825 in the literal sense (often at first with reference to plows); figurative sense is from 1964.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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