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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 out edged 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


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.


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

Abelino Hernández Yoc, 37, owns a slope of coffee plants on the edge of the village. Kevin Sieff, Anchorage Daily News, "Falling coffee prices drive Guatemalan migration to the United States," 12 June 2019 Just as splashing can slosh water over the edge of a bathtub, wind and atmospheric pressure can force water to flow out of the lake and into the rivers that feed it. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee River flooding downtown forces some RiverWalk restaurants to close," 10 June 2019 And the risk of not doing that is pushing the marine ecosystem over the edge. Arwa Damon, CNN, "Arctic melt: Threat beneath the ice," 8 June 2019 Keeping her fans on edge, the exclusive location of the party was dropped only an hour before the start time. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "I Went To A Megan Thee Stallion 'Hottie Party' And My Life Is Forever Changed," 7 June 2019 A century after Teddy's death, Medora stands on the edge of what is now Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a sprawling space of winding buttes and open grasslands perfect for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 But her adorable reaction to her contestant Rod Stokes during the season 16 semifinals has officially pushed our love for Kelly over the edge. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Coach Kelly Clarkson Got So Choked Up During the Emotional Semifinals," 15 May 2019 Before the interrogator could say anything else, Prany and Vang stepped toward him, grabbed his arms and his head, and threw him down against the table so that his body was folded over the edge. Paul Yoon, Harper's magazine, "Run Me to Earth," 10 Mar. 2019 Traditionally a Gurney flap is a small vertical lip on the trailing edge of a spoiler or wing designed to increase the downforce. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 986-HP Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Yanks Maranello Back Into Hypercar Race," 29 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After six months, the once numerous gilets jaunes had been edged out by a different demonstration and a handful of gourmands. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, "The Limits of Outrage Politics," 13 June 2019 Despite winning huge support across the UK during last month's European Union election, the Brexit Party was edged out by Labour by a margin of 683 votes. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Peterborough by-election: Brexit Party loses to Labour in tight race," 7 June 2019 Seattle Pacific women’s crews raced to two victories while the varsity eight battled to the end before being edged by Portland. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Everett Silvertips advance, but season comes to an end for T-birds," 30 Mar. 2019 To my surprise, its parking lot was edged by hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Taras Grescoe, New York Times, "The Best Asian Food in North America? Try British Columbia," 4 June 2018 Some give you edges that look slick with water, others a soft, matte, hold, and some will pretty much superglue your baby hairs the house down. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Allure’s Hair Editor Shares Her Top 5 Edge Controls and How to Use Them," 28 May 2019 With China edging away from commitments to change its ways, Mr. Trump sharply ratcheted up tariffs and banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Technologies Co. Greg Ip, WSJ, "On China, Trump Leads a Coalition of the Unwilling," 22 May 2019 During 2020 Italian bond yields have been edging higher; the spread above German bonds is now 4.5 percentage points. The Economist, "Breaking point: December 2020," 5 July 2018 If the results hold, Sweden would win the group and Mexico would edge Germany for the second spot. Houston Chronicle, "Mexico, Sweden advance from group stage; defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated," 27 June 2018

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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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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


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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
on edge

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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