cutting edge, at/on the

at the cutting edge

At the forefront of technological developments or advancements. The new company I work for is at the cutting edge of medical science. I think some of their new instruments are going to revolutionize the field of medicine.
See also: cutting, edge

cutting edge

1. noun The forefront of technological developments or advancements. The new company I work for is at the cutting edge of medical science. I think some of their new instruments are going to revolutionize the field of medicine.
2. adjective Technologically advanced. When used as an adjective, the phrase is usually hyphenated. With their cutting-edge instruments, I really think this company is going to revolutionize the field of medicine.
See also: cutting, edge

leading edge

1. adjective Of or being the most advanced position, practice, or technology in a given area, activity, or endeavor. Sometimes hyphenated. Scientists at the local university are pioneering the nation's most leading-edge cancer research. The company has released some of the most leading-edge smartphones in the world.
2. noun The most advanced position, practice, or technology in a given area, activity, or endeavor. The work their organization is doing at the moment is the leading edge of public health. Anthony's fascination with gadgetry always has him at the leading edge of the latest technology.
See also: edge, leading

on the cutting edge

On the forefront of technological developments or advancements. The new company I work for is on the cutting edge of medical science. I think some of their new instruments are going to revolutionize the field of medicine.
See also: cutting, edge, on

cutting edge

Fig. the most forward part of a trend; the leading part of a trend. (Alludes to the edge of a sword. See also on the cutting edge. See also on the bleeding edge.) Fred's invention put him on the cutting edge of the computer chip business.
See also: cutting, edge

on the cutting edge

Fig. [for someone] to be trendy and very up-to-date; [for something] to be of the latest design. (Akin to on the bleeding edge.) This technology is right on the cutting edge. It's so new, it's not available to the public yet.
See also: cutting, edge, on

cutting edge, at/on the

In the forefront of new developments. The analogy is to the sharp edge of a knife or other tool, which is in front during the act of cutting. The term came into use in the field of scientific and technologic research about 1950 and soon was extended to practically any area of endeavor. For example, in a radio interview on November 14, 1989, Craig Wich, the director of Opera Lab, explained that his organization’s approach to integrating movement, emotion, and singing was at the cutting edge of a new approach to opera (Boston, WCRB). A similar metaphor widely used is the leading edge. Dating from the 1870s and at first describing only the forward edge of a rudder or propeller blade that cuts the water, it was later expanded to mean any device or system that extends an aircraft’s speed, altitude, and range, and eventually transferred to the vanguard of anything—“the leading edge of technology,” for example.
See also: cutting, on