Definition of cutting edge in English:

cutting edge


  • 1The edge of a tool's blade.

    • ‘Then tear off the tape using the knife blade as a cutting edge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A large finger groove choil reduces the effective cutting edge slightly but gives a wonderfully secure grip.’
    • ‘Although they have surprisingly sharp cutting edges when freshly knapped, flake tools soon become dull.’
    • ‘Whenever possible, hang tools with cutting edges separately to keep them from getting nicked or dulled.’
    • ‘These tools had footrests to help press the cutting edges deep into the soil.’
    • ‘The steel was needed to forge weld a cutting edge to the wrought iron body of the tool.’
    • ‘Every chisel or plane blade has an ideal 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tool also includes a means for rotating the cutting edge, usually using a brace or bit stock, a wrench, or a handle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was hardly the best day to judge anyone's credentials, but the Blades lacked 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once your tools are thoroughly clean, you can tackle their blades' cutting edges.’
  • 2in singular The latest or most advanced stage in the development of something.

    ‘researchers at the cutting edge of molecular biology’
    • ‘Effective use of daylight is at the cutting edge of architecture in the new millennium.’
    • ‘Stem cell experimentation, for example, is a complex, multifaceted enterprise that advances at the cutting edge of scientific understanding.’
    • ‘Our approach allows for the understanding of the genetic basis for growth and development at the cutting edge of biology.’
    • ‘We must make sure that we remain at the cutting edge of innovation and change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The hard sciences, for example, are at the cutting edge of economic development.’
    • ‘The important thing is to keep at the cutting edge of innovation.’
    • ‘It is not often that Parliament has to frame legislation apt to apply to developments at the advanced cutting edge of science.’
    • ‘These are companies at the cutting edge of science and innovation - and they are what the Innovation Centre is all about.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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’.’
    • ‘It is seen as a development that puts Sligo at the cutting edge of 21st century technology training in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector.’
    • ‘The names are probably not familiar, but at the time they were bought their creators were at the cutting edge of contemporary art.’
    • ‘The article portrayed her thinking as being pioneering, at the cutting edge of the feminist legal community.’
    • ‘Konkan Railway is grateful for this support to make India proud to be at the cutting edge of technology development in this millennium.’
    • ‘Some even believe that the health industry has already begun usurping information technology at the cutting edge of industrial development.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the past year colorectal cancer has been at the cutting edge of new developments in medical oncology.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 campaign began to lose its cutting edge’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The return of Long and Sculthorpe provided direction and a cutting edge in attack, while the partnership between Lyon and Albert continues to sparkle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Salford repeatedly lost possession on the first tackle and lacked a cutting edge when they managed to threaten the Blue Sox line.’
    1. 3.1 Incisiveness and directness of expression.
      ‘his wit retains its cutting edge’


  • At the latest or most advanced stage of development; innovative or pioneering.

    ‘cutting-edge technology’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some compete with the best in the world, offering cutting-edge products and led by far-sighted entrepreneurs.’
    • ‘The ICA has for long had a reputation for cutting-edge arts, but has recently struggled to maintain its leadership.’
    • ‘Tradition bows to the avant-garde in an exhibition of cutting-edge Chinese pottery’
    • ‘Media Innovations has got a lot of cutting-edge medical products.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She knows a cutting-edge marketing solution when she sees it.’
    • ‘If you are a scientist, you may have pioneered cutting-edge technology.’
    • ‘Head north, and a 40-minute drive takes you to Antwerp, now a chic centre for cutting-edge couture.’
    • ‘It is reliant on cutting-edge design, offering a bizarre brand of high-tech and higher-spec pornography.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crowd loved it though it was hardly cutting-edge stuff.’
    • ‘Alf troops are the most highly trained in our defence force with a key feature being their cutting-edge equipment.’
    • ‘As a result, the company is beginning to build up a fascinating and eclectic collection of cutting-edge international art.’
    • ‘A portion of book copiers are replacing their slow pens with these high-speed cutting-edge tools.’
    • ‘The real story was the implications of the cutting-edge science and resultant technology.’
    • ‘The status has enabled the school to forge ahead with innovation and cutting-edge educational developments.’
    • ‘MiniDiscs are an example of the advances of cutting-edge research in physics and chemistry.’


cutting edge

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