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state of the art

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noun
  1. the latest and most sophisticated or advanced stage of a technology, art, or science.
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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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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
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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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Word Origin and History for state-of-the-art

adj.

1967, from noun phrase (1910), earlier status of the art (1889). The phrase itself was in use from mid-19c.

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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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