cutting edge


the sharp edge of a cutting implement.
forefront; lead: on the cutting edge of computer technology.

Nearby words

  1. cutthroat contract,
  2. cutthroat trout,
  3. cutting,
  4. cutting board,
  5. cutting compound,
  6. cutting edge, at the,
  7. cutting fluid,
  8. cutting garden,
  9. cutting grass,
  10. cutting horse

Origin of cutting edge

First recorded in 1950–55

Related formscut·ting-edge, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cutting edge

cutting edge


the leading position in any field; forefronton the cutting edge of space technology

adjective cutting-edge

at the forefront of people or things in a field of activity; leadingcutting-edge technology
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Word Origin and History for cutting edge

cutting edge

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

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