state of the art

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Origin of state of the art

First recorded in 1960–65
Related formsstate-of-the-art, adjective
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Related Words for state of the art

modernity, modernization

British Dictionary definitions for state of the art

state of the art

noun
  1. the level of knowledge and development achieved in a technique, science, etc, esp at present
adjective state-of-the-art (prenominal)
  1. the most recent and therefore considered the best; up-to-the-minutea state-of-the-art amplifier
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Idioms and Phrases with state of the art

state of the art

The highest level of development, very up-to-date, as in This new television set reflects the state of the art in screen technology. Despite including the word art, this term originated in technology, and its first recorded use appears in a 1910 book on the gas turbine. Today it is often used adjectivally, as in This is a state-of-the-art camera, and sometimes very loosely, as in That movie is state-of-the-art Woody Allen.

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