\ ˈej How to pronounce edge (audio) \
plural edges

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
4 edges : short fine hair that grows along a person's hairline : baby hair With carefully finessed edges in delicate swoop and wave designs, hairstyles as simple as a high ponytail or sleek bob can quickly be transformed into a work of art …— Devon Abelman usually singular when used before another noun edge styling
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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The atmosphere is relaxing and contemplative, with the tone set as much by the environment as the entertainment at this special intersection of nature and urban life at the water’s edge. Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, 29 Sep. 2022 Race and college admissions Are Harvard and the University of North Carolina violating the Constitution and federal civil rights law by giving an edge to qualified Black and Latino applicants and by discriminating against Asian American students? David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2022 Kia sells a relatively large number of hybrid and electric models, giving it an edge at a time when consumers are anxious about the environment and high gas prices. Allison Morrow, CNN, 28 Sep. 2022 Look 20, this grey mini dress with a wrinkled asymmetrical design challenges the premise of the mini dress, giving it that slight Prada edge. Essence Fashion, Essence, 26 Sep. 2022 The Clippers have already scored twice this season on throws by Tahnk, giving coach Shawn Bleau an edge. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2022 The ceremony was held at a friend’s house on Tybee Island, GA, and the couple arrived at the bluff by boat (and captained by another family friend) to guests waving and running along the water’s edge. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 23 Sep. 2022 China has the world’s largest navy by size, though the U.S. has more-advanced warships, including a larger aircraft-carrier fleet, giving it a qualitative edge. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2022 However, according to my numbers, the Red Raiders win about 33 percent of the time, giving us an 8 percent edge, statistically. Tyler Shoemaker, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In recounting the Rams’ road victory over the Arizona Cardinals in 2021, Ramsey initially spoke about defensive lineman Aaron Donald’s and former Rams edge rusher Von Miller’s performances. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2022 Bills edge rusher Von Miller, and the prospect of backup tackles having to deal with him could be scary. David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2022 If all goes as planned, the new open-air configurations will edge Delage closer to the brand’s target of delivering a Formula 1 experience for the streets. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2022 The location of sunrise and sunset will also edge closer to the southern horizon until December. Justin Grieser, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2022 Penn State lost four players to the NFL who were crucial in run support: defensive end Arnold Ebiketie, edge rusher Jesse Luketa and linebackers Brandon Smith and Ellis Brooks. al, 16 Sep. 2022 But, as my colleague Paul R. La Monica explains, the odds of another huge rate hike could edge lower if inflation data suggest prices are stabilizing. Allison Morrow, CNN, 12 Sep. 2022 When your entire outfit is silky, cozy, and all around soft, edge things up with a pair of chunky lug sole boots for that street style star look. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 8 Sep. 2022 Outside of Bohanon, edge rusher Jatorian Hansford (6-4, 255) is most likely the biggest addition. Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for edge


\ 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
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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