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edge

noun \ ˈej \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of edge

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

edgeless

adjective
on edge

Examples of edge in a Sentence

  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. These amendments will blunt the edge of the legislation.

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Origin and Etymology of 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, 2acid) 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, 2ear.


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edge

verb

Definition of edge

edged; edging
1 a : 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 out
  • edged out her opponent
: to advance by short moves

Examples of edge in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of edge from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of edge

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

edge Synonyms

Synonyms

grind, hone, sharpen, strop, whet;

Antonyms

blunt, dull;

Near Antonyms

buff, burnish, gloss, polish, round, smooth;

Related Words

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EDGE Defined for English Language Learners

edge

Definition of edge for English Language Learners

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

  • : the part of a blade that cuts

  • : the sharpness of a blade


edge

Definition of edge for English Language Learners

  • : to give an edge to (something)

  • : to be on the edge of (something)

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


EDGE Defined for Kids

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edge

noun \ ˈej \

Definition of edge for Students

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

edged

\ˈejd\ adjective
on edge
: nervous 1, tense

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edge

verb

Definition of edge for Students

edged; edging
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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