- 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.
Origin of leading edge
First recorded in 1875–80
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- the forward edge of a propeller blade, aerofoil, or wingCompare trailing edge
- electrical engineering the part of a pulse signal that has an increasing amplitude
- the leading position in any field
- (as modifier)leading-edge technology
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