Definition of cutting edge in English:

cutting edge


  • 1The edge of a tool's blade.

    ‘tools with cutting edges should be kept sharp’
    • ‘The cutting edge sections and the adjoining chipping faces include a step delimiting the shaped chipping element, the edges of which step serve as additional cutting edges of the shaped chipping element.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The steel was needed to forge weld a cutting edge to the wrought iron body of the tool.’
    • ‘Although they have surprisingly sharp cutting edges when freshly knapped, flake tools soon become dull.’
    • ‘Dropping scissors can knock the blades out of alignment, break off tips and nick cutting edges.’
    • ‘The section applies to a folding pocketknife if the cutting edge of its blade exceeds three inches.’
    • ‘One has a cuticle-push-backer at one end and a grunge-dig-outer at the other, and the other tool has a cutting edge to cut off hardness around the toe.’
    • ‘Professor Chris Stringer, head of human origins at the Natural History Museum and director of the project, said animal bones and flint with cutting edges and hand axes had been found in East Anglia.’
    • ‘It is merely a matter of removing the old cutting edge, purchasing a new cutting edge from an aftermarket dealer, then bolting it onto the blade, a repair readily done in the field.’
    • ‘When cutting end gets cold, it is cleaned with the stone and the heat from the shank of the tool is allowed to temper the cutting edge to the correct colour.’
    • ‘Once your tools are thoroughly clean, you can tackle their blades' cutting edges.’
    • ‘Whenever possible, hang tools with cutting edges separately to keep them from getting nicked or dulled.’
    • ‘Every chisel or plane blade has an ideal cutting edge.’
    • ‘Then tear off the tape using the knife blade as a cutting edge.’
    • ‘The cutting tools are necessarily quenched locally on the cutting edges, in water, brine or caustic, and are subsequently given suitable tempering treatments.’
    • ‘These tools had footrests to help press the cutting edges deep into the soil.’
    • ‘It was hardly the best day to judge anyone's credentials, but the Blades lacked a cutting edge.’
    • ‘Engagement must be made with the cutting edge against the cutting edge, hand to the right or left, and fingernails down or up.’
    • ‘A large finger groove choil reduces the effective cutting edge slightly but gives a wonderfully secure grip.’
    • ‘The tool also includes a means for rotating the cutting edge, usually using a brace or bit stock, a wrench, or a handle.’
  • 2in singular The latest or most advanced stage in the development of something.

    ‘researchers at the cutting edge of molecular biology’
    • ‘Some even believe that the health industry has already begun usurping information technology at the cutting edge of industrial development.’
    • ‘The important thing is to keep at the cutting edge of innovation.’
    • ‘It is seen as a development that puts Sligo at the cutting edge of 21st century technology training in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector.’
    • ‘Effective use of daylight is at the cutting edge of architecture in the new millennium.’
    • ‘The hard sciences, for example, are at the cutting edge of economic development.’
    • ‘Konkan Railway is grateful for this support to make India proud to be at the cutting edge of technology development in this millennium.’
    • ‘These are companies at the cutting edge of science and innovation - and they are what the Innovation Centre is all about.’
    • ‘Stem cell experimentation, for example, is a complex, multifaceted enterprise that advances at the cutting edge of scientific understanding.’
    • ‘‘All in all we can feel very proud of this achievement in joining the specialist movement and being at the cutting edge of curricular and teaching development’.’
    • ‘Our approach allows for the understanding of the genetic basis for growth and development at the cutting edge of biology.’
    • ‘The article portrayed her thinking as being pioneering, at the cutting edge of the feminist legal community.’
    • ‘Members of the strategic body's executive board painted a colourful picture of York as a home to confident, creative communities and a city at the cutting edge of innovation and change.’
    • ‘The names are probably not familiar, but at the time they were bought their creators were at the cutting edge of contemporary art.’
    • ‘In the past year colorectal cancer has been at the cutting edge of new developments in medical oncology.’
    • ‘Hani, whose own company has been at the cutting edge of computer-generated architecture, encouraged his brother to set up a design studio in New York.’
    • ‘It is not often that Parliament has to frame legislation apt to apply to developments at the advanced cutting edge of science.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We must make sure that we remain at the cutting edge of innovation and change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Similarly, the decision to keep a gaming rig at the cutting edge of technological development often means there is little spare cash to actually enjoy what's hitting the shelves.’
    forefront, van, advance guard, avant-garde, spearhead, front, front line, front rank, fore, lead, leading position, driving force
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  • 3in singular A dynamic or invigorating quality.

    ‘the party's campaign began to lose its cutting edge’
    • ‘Salford repeatedly lost possession on the first tackle and lacked a cutting edge when they managed to threaten the Blue Sox line.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Windass, who was booked, summed up Boro, who were full of effort but showed no great quality or cutting edge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The return of Long and Sculthorpe provided direction and a cutting edge in attack, while the partnership between Lyon and Albert continues to sparkle.’
    • ‘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.’


  • Highly advanced; innovative or pioneering.

    ‘cutting-edge technology’
    • ‘Tradition bows to the avant-garde in an exhibition of cutting-edge Chinese pottery’
    • ‘It is reliant on cutting-edge design, offering a bizarre brand of high-tech and higher-spec pornography.’
    • ‘The bizarre four-legged shape has been revealed as the cutting-edge design for the most expensive new home to be built in the North.’
    • ‘The ICA has for long had a reputation for cutting-edge arts, but has recently struggled to maintain its leadership.’
    • ‘Head north, and a 40-minute drive takes you to Antwerp, now a chic centre for cutting-edge couture.’
    • ‘Running the two words of its title together isn't enough to make it a cutting-edge cyberspace era publication.’
    • ‘The work was one piece of a cutting-edge Festival exhibition, given the palindromic name Strategy-Get-Arts.’
    • ‘She knows a cutting-edge marketing solution when she sees it.’
    • ‘The real story was the implications of the cutting-edge science and resultant technology.’
    • ‘As a result, the company is beginning to build up a fascinating and eclectic collection of cutting-edge international art.’
    • ‘Tharp is known not only for her cutting-edge dances, but also for her pioneering sense of style.’
    • ‘Often compared unfavourably to nearby Leeds, Bradford has never been associated with cutting-edge city life.’
    • ‘Alf troops are the most highly trained in our defence force with a key feature being their cutting-edge equipment.’
    • ‘If you are a scientist, you may have pioneered cutting-edge technology.’
    • ‘Media Innovations has got a lot of cutting-edge medical products.’
    • ‘Some compete with the best in the world, offering cutting-edge products and led by far-sighted entrepreneurs.’
    • ‘The status has enabled the school to forge ahead with innovation and cutting-edge educational developments.’
    • ‘The crowd loved it though it was hardly cutting-edge stuff.’
    • ‘A portion of book copiers are replacing their slow pens with these high-speed cutting-edge tools.’
    • ‘MiniDiscs are an example of the advances of cutting-edge research in physics and chemistry.’


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