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Definition of edge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : 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
3 : a line or line segment that is the intersection of two plane faces (as of a pyramid) or of two planes
on edge


edged; edging

Definition of edge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to give an edge to
b : to be on an edge of trees edging the lake
2 : to move or force gradually edged him off the road
3 : to incline (a ski) sideways so that one edge cuts into the snow
4 : to defeat by a small margin often used with outedged out her opponent

intransitive verb

: to advance by short moves

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Other Words from edge


edgeless adjective

Examples of edge in a Sentence

Noun They peered over the edge of the roof. The fabric was frayed at the edge. He made us all nervous by standing so close to the edge of the cliff. She sat on the edge of the counter, swinging her legs. the edge of an ax His voice had a sarcastic edge. These amendments will blunt the edge of the legislation. Verb Edge the sleeve with lace. She edged away from him. Gasoline prices have been edging upward. I edged my chair closer to the table.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lugar, though, extended the city borders to the edge of Marion County, which looked more rural, white and suburban back then, shrinking the percentage of African Americans to about 18%. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Systemic bias has kept African Americans and women from the highest offices in Indiana," 23 June 2020 Her mother slides a garnish to the edge of her plate. Clare Sestanovich, Harper's Magazine, "Annunciation," 23 June 2020 In China, where a cluster of cases in Beijing has everyone on edge, authorities moved quickly this week to preemptively close schools. Helen Branswell, STAT, "How likely are kids to get Covid-19? Scientists see a ‘huge puzzle’ without easy answers," 18 June 2020 Georgia was already on edge after video emerged of the killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, a Black jogger who was chased down by two white men and fatally shot. Derek Hawkins, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Atlanta officer who shot Rayshard Brooks charged with murder, other counts," 17 June 2020 The riot left businesses on edge, and the city of Cleveland issued a civil emergency proclamation establishing a curfew in the downtown area and Ohio City. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Man accused of setting fire to parking lot booth amid rioting that followed protest in downtown Cleveland," 17 June 2020 The prospect that China or parts of the United States could be forced to reinstate strict quarantine measures if infections get out of control has investors on edge after weeks of euphoric buying. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Stocks are under pressure. But some analysts aren't worried," 15 June 2020 But the debate about whether markets recovered too fast, too soon is still raging, leaving investors on edge and vulnerable to bad news. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The big looming risk for investors? A second wave of coronavirus," 11 June 2020 Georgia's primary election debacle is a warning sign for states as a nation on edge gears up for a consequential election during a pandemic. NBC News, "More calls for police reform, virus comeback in Arizona and Georgia's election chaos," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Miller allowed seven sacks last year after surrendering 16 the previous season and, at 6-8 and 325 pounds, will likely always be susceptible to edge rushers able to bend low and under him. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "20 recent NFL first-round picks who could be on the hot seat in 2020," 26 June 2020 Mathiesen and both opponents broke par in their matches, and Mathiesen shot 33 on the back nine to edge Haney, who hails from Huber Heights, Ohio. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Defending champion, several locals advance to quarterfinals of Met golf tournament," 25 June 2020 Perry shot 72-73 for a 1-over 145 to edge Tigard’s Victoria Gailey and Bend’s Montgomery Ferreira by one stroke. oregonlive, "Former Duck Robbie Ziegler, Boise State’s Lexi Perry claim Oregon Amateur qualifying medals, No. 1 match play seeds," 23 June 2020 The Bears went on to edge Iowa State with a 23-21 win. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "10 things to know about Tyquan Thornton, including why he may be Baylor’s new No. 1 receiver in 2020," 22 June 2020 So here’s to all the ladies who felt compelled to pick up their lipstick tubes, mascara wands, jade rollers, microdermabrasion kits and edge control gel this week in honor of hallowing our beauty. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Serayah, Iman, Pearl Thusi And Other Celebrity Beauty Looks Of The Week," 19 June 2020 Hospitalizations are starting to edge up in north Alabama too, first in Decatur, now in Huntsville. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Coronavirus cases in Huntsville ‘have started to climb,' officials say," 19 June 2020 The Browns have also added defensive tackle Andrew Billings and edge rusher Adrian Clayborn. cleveland, "Will this be last contract for Browns DE Myles Garrett? Hey, Mary Kay!," 14 June 2020 Saints edge rusher Cameron Jordan: $17.5 million 8. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Highest paid edge rushers in NFL: Ranking position by salary for 2020 season," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of edge


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for edge


Middle English egge, going back to Old English ecg "cutting side of a blade, border," going back to Germanic *agjō "cutting side of a blade" (whence also Old Frisian eg "cutting side of a blade, sword," Old Saxon eggia, Old High German egga, ekka "cutting side of a blade, border, point, corner," Old Norse egg "cutting side of a blade"), feminine noun derivative from Indo-European *h2eḱ- "sharp, pointed," whence also Latin aciēs "sharp part of a weapon"

Note: The base *h2eḱ- "sharp, pointed" was productive of a large number of suffixed derivatives in the Indo-European daughter languages. Latin had a verbal base deriving from h2eḱ-eh1- "to be sharp" (see acetic acid, acid entry 2) and a presumed adjectival stem *acū- "sharp" (see acute). An apparently isolated derivative is Greek akmḗ "highest point" (see acme). For the derivative *h2eḱ-r-/h2oḱ-r-, with outcomes in Greek, Latin, and other languages, see acro-, mediocre. See also awn, ear entry 2.


Middle English eggen "to set (the teeth) on edge," derivative of egge edge entry 1

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“Edge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edge. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of edge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the line or part where an object or area begins or ends
: the part of a blade that cuts
: the sharpness of a blade



English Language Learners Definition of edge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give an edge to (something)
: to be on the edge of (something)
: to move slowly or with small movements in a specified direction


\ ˈej How to pronounce edge (audio) \

Kids Definition of edge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the line where a surface ends : margin, border He sat on the edge of the stage.
2 : the cutting side of a blade

Other Words from edge

edged \ ˈejd \ adjective


edged; edging

Kids Definition of edge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give a border to The sleeve was edged with lace.
2 : to move slowly and gradually Our raft edged towards the falls.

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