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cutting edge

  

The spelling cutting-edge is used for meaning 3.     
1       n-sing   If you are at thecutting edgeof a particular field of activity, you are involved in its most important or most exciting developments.  
usu at/on the N of n   (=forefront)  
This shipyard is at the cutting edge of world shipbuilding technology.     
2       n-sing   If someone or something gives you a cutting edge, they give you an advantage over your competitors.  
If Pearce had been fit, we would have won. We missed the cutting edge he would have given us.     
3       adj   Cutting-edge techniques or equipment are the most advanced that there are in a particular field.  
usu ADJ n  
What we are planning is cutting-edge technology never seen in Australia before...     
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cutting     ( cuttings    plural  )
1       n-count   A cutting is a piece of writing which has been cut from a newspaper or magazine.  
  (BRIT)   (=clipping)  
Here are the press cuttings and reviews.     
in AM, use clipping     
2       n-count   A cutting from a plant is a part of the plant that you have cut off so that you can grow a new plant from it.  
Take cuttings from it in July or August.     
3       n-count   A cutting is a narrow valley cut through a hill so that a railway line or road can pass through.  
  (BRIT)  
in AM, use cut     
4       adj   A cutting remark is unkind and likely to hurt someone's feelings.  
People make cutting remarks to help themselves feel superior or powerful.     


cutting board        ( cutting boards    plural  ) A cutting board is a wooden or plastic board that you chop meat and vegetables on.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, usually use chopping board     
cutting edge  
The spelling cutting-edge is used for meaning 3.     
1       n-sing   If you are at thecutting edgeof a particular field of activity, you are involved in its most important or most exciting developments.  
usu at/on the N of n   (=forefront)  
This shipyard is at the cutting edge of world shipbuilding technology.     
2       n-sing   If someone or something gives you a cutting edge, they give you an advantage over your competitors.  
If Pearce had been fit, we would have won. We missed the cutting edge he would have given us.     
3       adj   Cutting-edge techniques or equipment are the most advanced that there are in a particular field.  
usu ADJ n  
What we are planning is cutting-edge technology never seen in Australia before...     
cutting room     
Thecutting room in a film production company is the place where the film is edited.      n-sing   usu the N  
Her scene ended up on the cutting room floor.     

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

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cutting

  

      adj  
1    biting, bitter, chill, keen, numbing, penetrating, piercing, raw, sharp, stinging  
2    acid, acrimonious, barbed, bitter, caustic, hurtful, malicious, mordacious, pointed, sarcastic, sardonic, scathing, severe, trenchant, vitriolic, wounding  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    balmy, pleasant, soothing  
2    consoling, flattering, kind, mild  

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n.
uppermost layer in Earth`s atmosphere; lies above the ionosphere and extends to the edge of interplanetary space
n.
an urban photography trend consisting in taking the pics from the top (and usually the edge) of high buildings

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