state of the art

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state of the art ‎(comparative more state of the art, superlative most state of the art)

  1. At the highest level of development at a particular time; cutting-edge.
    • 2006, Patrick Blackburn · Johan Bos · Kristina Striegnitz, Learn Prolog Now!, §8.3
      How good are DCGs from a linguistic perspective? Well, mixed. At one stage (in the early 1980s) they were pretty much state of the art. They made it possible to code complex grammars in a clear way, and to explore the interplay of syntactic and semantic ideas. Certainly any history of parsing in computational linguistics would give DCGs an honourable mention.
    state-of-the-art technology




state of the art ‎(uncountable)

  1. The condition of scientific or technical knowledge, particularly the peak or highest level thereof, at a particular time.
    • 2002, D. G. Carmichael, Disputes and International Projects, page 164:
      which is not only not advancing the state-of-the-art of management but also is believed to be regressing the state-of-the-art.