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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 Now, the Prewitts are selling the property, which is located at the edge of Park City, overlooking the Uinta Mountains. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Mitt Romney’s Former Utah Mountain Estate is Hitting The Market," 19 Mar. 2020 And with the 1958 completion of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, what had been a sleepy outpost at the edge of the metro area mushroomed into a bustling bedroom community seemingly overnight. New York Times, "Stony Point, N.Y.: An Escape From the ‘Chaos’ of the City," 18 Mar. 2020 Trump on the other hand is at the edge of the coronavirus precipice: the US economy risks a steep fall, triggered in part by downplaying the health threat while focusing on the protective powers of America's economic resilience. Nic Robertson, CNN, "Putin and Xi are using the coronavirus crisis to extend their control. Across the world, Trump struggles to keep up," 12 Mar. 2020 Visit the Adamson House at the edge of the lagoon, which was built in 1929 and shows what life was like before Malibu's present-day glitz. Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Beaches in California, From Surfer-Friendly to Cliffside Views," 6 Mar. 2020 ArcelorMittal has a major presence in Alabama: The giant steel mill known as AM/NS Calvert, at the north edge of Mobile county. al, "Will Alabama see ‘multi-billion-dollar’ steel project?," 5 Mar. 2020 When a block arises, typically at the western edge of a continent, the jet stream splits, trapping a blob of seemingly static air thousands of kilometers across. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Why does the weather stall? New theories explain enigmatic ‘blocks’ in the jet stream," 5 Mar. 2020 Included in the project is the installation of clean-out access areas for each property on East Washington Street in the right-of-way at the edge of the street. cleveland, "Chagrin Falls to rehab sewer lines and plant this summer; expect traffic disruptions and sewer rate hikes," 3 Mar. 2020 The sky in its slow dawning revealed high blue shards of clouds, hills rich with goldenrod, a pond scummy at the edges. Lauren Groff, Harper's magazine, "Waiting for the End of the World," 1 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cameron Johnston: Young edged out Joey Bosa for the top seed in this bracket. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Marshon Lattimore-Denzel Ward matchup in Favorite Modern Football Buckeye bracket; Ted Ginn Jr. dominant in win," 20 Mar. 2020 But Lara also found success in the 1600-meters where he was clocked at 5:32.40, good for second place and barely edging out Beverly Hill’s Damian Rosas and his 5:32.72. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bondy, San Jac boys receive fine track and field efforts but Thompson still gets out the broom," 13 Mar. 2020 The last time Chandler lost a girls state title was in 2015, when it was edged by Phoenix Mountain Pointe by a just seven points. Dana Scott, azcentral, "How racial and gender diversity built Chandler's girls track and field dynasty," 13 Mar. 2020 The global economy is edging towards recession as governments shut down cities to contain the contagion; markets are in disarray; and certain industries, like aviation, are struggling to cope. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "The coronavirus pandemic shows how governments could respond to climate change," 12 Mar. 2020 The prospect that movie theaters could be shut down in much of the world for much of this year has to be considered within the realm of possible scenarios, perhaps edging towards likely. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Coronavirus is pushing an already vulnerable film industry closer to the edge," 9 Mar. 2020 Up until now, Wall Street had expected oil prices to start edging upward in the weeks ahead base on OPEC’s initial proposal. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Stock market plunges: Dow drops 1,800 points after oil prices plummet," 9 Mar. 2020 With 96% of precincts reporting, Biden had 34.1% of the vote, edging Sen. Bernie Sanders, who had 32.9%, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 15.8.% and Michael Bloomberg with 12%. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Joe Biden wins Maine, adding to former vice president's Super Tuesday victories," 4 Mar. 2020 Eighteen animals were on the ballot and Murfee edged out the incumbent, a 3-year-old Nubian goat named Lincoln, by 25 votes. Francisco Guzman And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "And the winner of the mayoral race in Fair Haven, Vermont, is ... a therapy dog," 4 Mar. 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 1 Apr. 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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