cutting edge

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cutting edge the sharp cutting side of the blade of a knife
    • n cutting edge the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field "the Cotswolds were once at the forefront of woollen manufacturing in England","the idea of motion was always to the forefront of his mind and central to his philosophy"
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Quotations

  • Jacob Bronowski
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    “The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.”
  • Jacob Bronowski
    Jacob%20Bronowski
    “The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.”
  • Henry Ford
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    “Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.”

Idioms

Cutting edge - Something that is cutting edge is at the forefront of progress in its area.
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Usage

In literature:

With any pressure that she might be able to command, a keen cutting edge would be necessary to free her from the coils of the lariat.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
Axes of rude form roughly chipped, and with a cutting edge.
"Stonehenge" by Frank Stevens
Where the edge of the moon cut the sky behind it, it was broken and jagged with mountain masses.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putman Serviss
The men halted on the edge of the deep cutting, and under the fire of the French they fell fast.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
Locked safely in my room, delicately I cut the edge of Eagle's envelope.
"Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
On they came, until they reached the edge of the cut.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
The sword cut deep into the iron, and the blade did not fly, but the sharp edge was somewhat blunted.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Two-edged weapons cut in both directions.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
The lower edge is cut off with the trowel to a straight edge.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
She tried to cut them off but they resisted the edge of the sharpest knife.
"The Laughing Prince" by Parker Fillmore
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In poetry:

No moonbeam cuts the air; a sapphire light
Rolls lazily. and slips again to rest.
There is no edged thing in all this night,
Save in my breast.
"Midnight" by Dorothy Parker
Ne'er let it be thy custom to traduce
Thy absent neighbour with an evil word:
For sland'rous accusations and abuse,
Cut deep — nay, deeper than a two-edg'd sword.
"Advice, How To Govern Our Words, According To God's Will" by Rees Prichard
Oh! sudden and sure were the blows that he dealt!
Like lightning the sweep of his blade!
Cut and thrust, point and edge, all around him they fell,
They fell one by one in the glade!
"The Feud: A Border Ballad" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
A wreck, as it looked, we lay—
(Rib and plankshear gave way
To the stroke of that giant wedge!)
Here, after all, we go—
The old ship is gone!—ah, no,
But cut to the water's edge.
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
Take thou the scripture's keen, two-edged sword —
Take thou the mighty falchion of the Word —
For that's the trenchant blade, which at a blow
Can cut and cleave our fierce infernal foe.
"A Warning To Guard, Whilst It Is Yet Day, Against The Assaults Of The World, The Flesh, And The Devi" by Rees Prichard
Now killin' folks and cookin' ain't so awful far apart,
That musta been why Boomer kept a-practicin' his art;
With the front sight of his pistol he would cut a pie-lid slick,
And he'd crimp her with the muzzle for to make the edges stick.
"Boomer Johnson" by Henry Herbert Knibbs

In news:

But one program at a new health club in Madison is cutting edge.
The cutting edge of aviation .
The Defense Department officials say they are pressing vendors to use more cutting-edge technologies when renovating facilities to be more energy efficient.
"There are a limited number of split hull dump barges on the West Coast and American Construction is a leader in both cutting edge equipment and quality services," said Bryan Nichols, Sales Representative, Vigor Industrial.
When Janice Henning first opened her restaurant Beehive in Capitol Hill years ago, her local, seasonal concept was cutting edge.
The Weill Cornell Medical College boasts affiliations with top-tier teaching hospitals in order to give students access to cutting-edge, hands-on experience.
The translation of cutting-edge science into new clinically-relevant therapeutics is the ultimate goal of many academic investigators, industry researchers, and investors.
At the cutting edge of exercise technology, the Bod Pod at the Knoxville Performance Lab uses oxygen instead of water to measure muscle mass, body fat, and resting metabolic rate.
Regeneration Booster utilizes a patented combination of cutting-edge anti-aging ingredients for maximum results.
The latest beta of Firefox for Android brings Do Not Track to the browser , bringing cutting-edge privacy to mobile devices for the first time.
The Chemical's visuals have always been cutting edge, working seamlessly into their dance beats–and this is no exception.
Screen Innovations and JVC pair up to create a delectable, cutting-edge home theater display.
The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style.
Turns out, I'm so far behind the curve in the electronic media I'm cutting edge.
For most of its life Sony has been the market leader in cutting-edge technology.
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In science:

Let T be a tiling of a polygon and let P be a directed path (in the triangular grid) whose edges belong to lozenges in T ; that is, P never cuts the interior of a lozenge.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Recall that an edge in the triangular grid is valid for a tiling T if and only if it does not cut the interior of a lozenge in T .
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
The size of the k-cut is the total number of edges whose end points belong to different sets Vi .
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
We consider which edges of G it may be impossible to cut.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
Every edge in the tree components of G = G(n, (1/2 + ε)n) can of course be cut.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
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