from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An effective quality or element.
  • n. The position of greatest advancement or importance; the forefront: "California is on the cutting edge of trends that spread nationwide” ( Carl Ingram).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the sharp edge of the blade of a knife or other cutting tool
  • n. (by extension) the forefront, or position of greatest advancement in some field
  • adj. Alternative form of cutting-edge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field
  • n. the sharp cutting side of the blade of a knife


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  • As a fifty-three-year-old, overweight male, I was not looking to be a cutting edge trendsetter.

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  • The blade was dull but the metal still had e strength of a thousand years ago, and it was the rce of impact rather than the cutting edge that mat-red.

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  • The vibrasaw purred through heavy vines, parted tangled underbrush like a comb through wet hair, and sliced cleanly through metal when the odd misstroke brought the cutting edge down onto the track.


  • Whatever blood-slimy mass I fit between the cutting edge and my left thumb falls victim to the rocking motion of the multi-tool, back and forth.

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  • His Look: In Modspeak, the Aces, guys on the cutting edge of music and fashion, wore sharp lightweight suits over Fred Perry tennis shirts.

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  • The doctor held the sword before him, cutting edge up, and with his left hand removed the white-lacquered saya.

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  • Tyler Locke was this swashbuckling adventurer, his company was on the cutting edge of technology, and every person she met defied the nerd stereotype.

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  • The Time Paradox is a provocative, informative treatise that combines cutting edge research with practical, hands-on guidance for self-change.

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  • Grinding it wrongly, Inman noted, for the smith was sharpening away from the cutting edge rather than toward, and holding the blade at right angles to the wheel rather than diagonal.

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  • From a stone of almost the same size as the one used to make a single handaxe, he had gotten six times the cutting edge with the newer technique, a cutting edge he could shape to a variety of useful tools.

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