noun \ˈej\

: the line or part where an object or area begins or ends

: the part of a blade that cuts

: the sharpness of a blade

Full Definition of EDGE

a :  the cutting side of a blade <a razor's edge>
b :  the sharpness of a blade <a knife with no edge>
c (1) :  force, effectiveness <blunted the edge of the legislation>
(2) :  vigor or energy especially of body <maintains his hard edge>
d (1) :  incisive or penetrating quality <writing with a satirical edge>
(2) :  a noticeably harsh or sharp quality <her voice had an edge to it> (3) :  a secondary but distinct quality <rock music with a bluesy edge>
e :  keenness or intensity of desire or enjoyment <lost my competitive edge>
a :  the line where an object or area begins or ends :  border <on the edge of a plain>
b :  the narrow part adjacent to a border <the edge of the deck>
c (1) :  a point near the beginning or the end; especially :  brink, verge <on the edge of disaster>
(2) :  the threshold of danger or ruin <living on the edge>
d :  a favorable margin :  advantage <has an edge on the competition>
:  a line or line segment that is the intersection of two plane faces (as of a pyramid) or of two planes
edge·less adjective
on edge

Examples of EDGE

  1. They peered over the edge of the roof.
  2. The fabric was frayed at the edge.
  3. He made us all nervous by standing so close to the edge of the cliff.
  4. She sat on the edge of the counter, swinging her legs.
  5. the edge of an ax
  6. His voice had a sarcastic edge.
  7. Her writing seem to have lost its edge.
  8. These amendments will blunt the edge of the legislation.

Origin of EDGE

Middle English egge, from Old English ecg; akin to Latin acer sharp, Greek akmē point
First Known Use: before 12th century



: to give an edge to (something)

: to be on the edge of (something)

: to move slowly or with small movements in a specified direction


Full Definition of EDGE

transitive verb
a :  to give an edge to
b :  to be on an edge of <trees edging the lake>
:  to move or force gradually <edged him off the road>
:  to incline (a ski) sideways so that one edge cuts into the snow
:  to defeat by a small margin —often used with out <edged out her opponent>
intransitive verb
:  to advance by short moves

Examples of EDGE

  1. Edge the sleeve with lace.
  2. She edged away from him.
  3. Gasoline prices have been edging upward.
  4. I edged my chair closer to the table.

First Known Use of EDGE

14th century

Related to EDGE

sharpen, grind, hone, stone, strop, whet
blunt, dull


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