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cutting edge Syllabification: cut·ting edge

Definition of cutting edge in English:


1The edge of a tool’s blade.
Example sentences
  • Tools with cutting edges, bludgeons, crowbars, hammers, saws and drills will continue to be prohibited, along with any tool that is more than seven inches long.
  • Whenever possible, hang tools with cutting edges separately to keep them from getting nicked or dulled.
  • Engagement must be made with the cutting edge against the cutting edge, hand to the right or left, and fingernails down or up.
2 [in singular] The latest or most advanced stage in the development of something: researchers at the cutting edge of molecular biology
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  • If funding is released, we will be at the cutting edge of primary school development and I am more than hopeful that this will happen.
  • It has a huge push underway to ensure we stay at the cutting edge of developments in the biotechnology sector, regarded as the next breakthrough technology after the internet.
  • Konkan Railway is grateful for this support to make India proud to be at the cutting edge of technology development in this millennium.
3 [in singular] A dynamic or invigorating quality: the campaign began to lose its cutting edge
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  • City of York III paid for a lack of a cutting edge when they lost 1-0 at Ramgarhia - the only goal being deflected in off a York defender.
  • Cougars had lost the cutting edge which took them to seven successive victories before being halted in their tracks by Sheffield Eagles the previous week.
  • At Derby, it was the lack of service, the absence of a quality final ball to give them a cutting edge which was the problem.
3.1Incisiveness and directness of expression: his wit retains its cutting edge


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At the latest or most advanced stage of development; innovative or pioneering: cutting-edge technology
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  • If you are a scientist, you may have pioneered cutting-edge technology.
  • MiniDiscs are an example of the advances of cutting-edge research in physics and chemistry.
  • The status has enabled the school to forge ahead with innovation and cutting-edge educational developments.

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