leading edge

[lee-ding]
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noun
  1. Aeronautics. the edge of an airfoil or propeller blade facing the direction of motion.
  2. 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
Related formslead·ing-edge, adjective
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Related Words for leading edge

forefront, vanguard, front, point, state-of-the-art, van

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British Dictionary definitions for leading edge

leading edge

noun
  1. the forward edge of a propeller blade, aerofoil, or wingCompare trailing edge
  2. electrical engineering the part of a pulse signal that has an increasing amplitude
    1. the leading position in any field
    2. (as modifier)leading-edge technology
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