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The foremost edge of an aerofoil, especially a wing or propeller blade.Compare with trailing edge
- ‘Their lengthened nacelles overlapped the leading edge of the wing and were equipped with a streamlined canopy and cabin in which a single gunner was installed.’
- ‘There was a hole in the leading edge of the wing, six inches from the propeller.’
- ‘On this clean surface, the full-size wing was drawn with the leading edge, trailing edge, spars, and ribs all correctly located.’
- ‘The high-mounted wings have a straight leading edge and forward-tapered trailing edge with blunt tips.’
- ‘Also of note are the large landing lights built into the leading edge of the top wing which were big improvements for operating at night from primitive fields.’
2The forefront or vanguard, especially of technological development.as modifier ‘leading-edge research’
- ‘It is killing what was, for a time, the leading edge of wave riding.’
- ‘At the same time, the factory sector was on the leading edge of the productivity boom, powered by industries producing high-tech equipment.’
- ‘Growing a leading-edge technology business in a turbulent economic climate takes guts.’
- ‘It was the one-megabit DRAM at that time and we had a leading-edge product.’
- ‘With the introduction of yet another leading edge DRAM technology, the company adds to its leadership position in the high-performance DRAM market.’
- ‘The critical skills needed to build a leading-edge career include the ability to be flexible and adaptable and to have a commitment to lifelong learning.’
- ‘But Paul is also a dreamer, and takes a chance by applying for a job at a leading-edge observatory in outback Australia.’
- ‘His timely bet on fiber optics in 1992 helped a low-tech cable and tiremaker build a leading-edge telecom components business.’
- ‘They go on to point out, correctly, that they are unequipped to make judgments on the relative scientific merits of two highly qualified candidates in a leading-edge research field.’
- ‘They need to know what's happening at the leading edge of biology if they're going to tailor-make the design.’
- ‘The panel on that show talked about this sort of ‘diversity selling’ as both a reflection of reality and a leading-edge phenomenon.’
- ‘How does this affect the development of leading-edge chip-fabrication technology?’
- ‘Capture your memories with a leading-edge technique and wow all your friends.’
- ‘It took the leading-edge approach to building a full-length parka that weighs only 19 ounces.’
- ‘Why would any forward-thinking nation actually destroy its own leading-edge technology?’
- ‘This is not the same thing as understanding the leading-edge applications of technology in the industry.’
- ‘Both the partnerships and the leading-edge sites are already in danger of losing key senior professionals.’
- ‘The goal is to allow it to develop the leading-edge chip solutions it needs going forward more cheaply than if the group's various member companies maintain their own semiconductor operations.’
- ‘The company also announced several additions to its cadre of leading edge technology solutions.’
- ‘For new graduates, the important thing is to get your foot in the door with a leading-edge company.’
The part of a pulse in which the amplitude increases.
- ‘Unless stated otherwise, Qn and Qp are measured at the leading edge of the test pulse.’
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