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

  • n. Nautical The edge of a sail that faces the wind.
  • n. The front edge of an airplane propeller blade or wing.
  • n. The foremost position in a trend or movement; the vanguard: "a company on the leading edge of machine-tool technology” ( Christian Science Monitor).
  • n. Someone or something occupying such a position: "Together they are the leading edge of a new wing of historians known as cliometricians” ( Timothy Foote).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The frontmost edge of a wing or other airfoil of an aircraft; sometimes contains slots or slats
  • n. The foremost part of a trend etc; a vanguard
  • n. At the forefront of practice or technology, contrast with bleeding edge

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the front edge of an airfoil; same as advancing edge, above.
  • n. the front edge of anything that moves; also used metaphorically, . See also cutting edge.

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

  • n. forward edge of an airfoil

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