state of the art


noun

the latest and most sophisticated or advanced stage of a technology, art, or science.

Nearby words

  1. state house,
  2. state medicine,
  3. state of aden,
  4. state of grace,
  5. state of matter,
  6. state of the union,
  7. state of the union address,
  8. state of the union message,
  9. state of war,
  10. state police

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

the level of knowledge and development achieved in a technique, science, etc, esp at present

adjective state-of-the-art (prenominal)

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

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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