leading edge definition

  • noun:
    • Nautical The side of a sail that faces the wind.
    • the leading side of an airplane propeller blade or wing.
    • The foremost position in a trend or movement; the vanguard: "a company on the leading edge of machine-tool technologyā€¯ ( Christian Science Monitor).
    • Someone or something like that occupying such a posture: "Together they are the industry leading of a wing of historians generally cliometriciansā€¯ ( Timothy Foote).
    • The frontmost edge of a-wing or other airfoil of an aircraft; occasionally includes slots or slats
    • The foremost section of a trend etc; a vanguard
    • during the forefront of rehearse or technology, comparison with bleeding edge
    • the front edge of an airfoil; same as advancing advantage, above.
    • the leading edge of whatever moves; also made use of metaphorically, . See additionally innovative.
    • forward side of an airfoil

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