leading edge

[ lee-ding ]
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  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

Other words from leading edge

  • leading-edge, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for leading edge

leading edge

/ (ˈliːdɪŋ) /

  1. the forward edge of a propeller blade, aerofoil, or wing: Compare trailing edge

  2. 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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