edge

noun
\ ˈej How to pronounce edge (audio) \

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

edge

verb
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

Noun

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 In the heart of the outbreak, a trauma surgeon travelled to the edge and back. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How Vaccine Hesitancy Is Driving Breakthrough Infections in Nursing Homes," 27 Apr. 2021 As a hawk always calling for higher defense spending, Russell might have been expected to support statehood for Hawaii and Alaska as a way of projecting American power into the Pacific and to the edge of Siberia. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The U.S. Senate’s Oldest Office Building Honors a Racist," 26 Apr. 2021 Pull the wire tight and measure the distance to the top edge of the frame. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Hang a Picture Frame," 22 Apr. 2021 People who were already insecure or severely burdened by housing costs are pushed to the edge of homelessness. NBC News, "Crises collide: Homeless in America when climate disaster strikes," 20 Apr. 2021 Virgin Galactic, founded in 2004, has pitched the promise of taking passengers to the edge of the earth’s atmosphere, more than 50 miles high, for the views and a few minutes of weightlessness. Jared Council, WSJ, "Virgin Galactic CIO Sees Key Role as Company Prepares for Commercial Operations," 19 Apr. 2021 Across the street, Ophelia Goff, 74, has paused her yard work and made her way to the edge of her front lawn, where a Nirenberg sign is planted. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "'Solid as a rock': San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg is a normal guy asking for a third term," 18 Apr. 2021 The trick involves riding the board up to the edge of a ramp, stalling the board on the ledge while balancing on it and then popping the board off the ramp to ride back down. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, "The world's next skateboard star is a 6-year-old Australian girl riding ramps double her size," 18 Apr. 2021 The fledgling venture reaped huge publicity after Spaceship One completed its X-Prize winning flight to the edge of the atmosphere in 2004. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, "Virgin Galactic Falls To Earth As Stock Drops 13.5%," 16 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pitts seems like the choice, even though the Falcons have other position needs at offensive tackle, cornerback and edge rusher. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, "2021 NFL Draft Round 1 Picks, Odds And Best Bets," 28 Apr. 2021 The seven-round mock draft expects Green Bay to take a cornerback in the second round and edge rusher in the third. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Packers draft: One last look at who's headed to Green Bay in mock drafts around the internet," 28 Apr. 2021 The Dutch follow Italy, Greece, France and other European nations in moving to reopen society and edge away from economically crippling lockdowns in the coming weeks. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, "Guests flock to Dutch cafe terraces as lockdown eases," 28 Apr. 2021 The complexity of the tax code in general means that political messaging from both sides threatens to edge out the facts. NBC News, "How high should Biden raise the capital gains tax? It's complicated, experts say," 26 Apr. 2021 Receivers are also paid for that impact, with the average per year of the top 10 salaries ranking third behind quarterbacks and edge rushers. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Forgetting about immediate impact is how the Browns can win the 2021 NFL Draft: Scott Patsko," 26 Apr. 2021 In addition to Spencer Brown, UAB’s draft prospects include wide receiver Austin Watkins Jr. and edge rusher Jordan Smith. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "State’s pro prospects await NFL destinations in draft this week," 25 Apr. 2021 Mashpee came into that contest outscoring its opponents, 131-6, behind a dominant rushing attack, and the Falcons bounced back from that loss to edge Rockland, 28-0, and earn a 28-0 win over Sandwich. BostonGlobe.com, "Who would have won it all? These projected playoff matchups would have made for must-see games," 25 Apr. 2021 Why: Vikings have options between inside linebackers and edge rushers at this spot. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Calvin Watkins’ 2021 NFL mock draft 3.0: With four QBs off the board, Cowboys have options at No. 10," 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of edge

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for edge

Noun

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.

Verb

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

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The first known use of edge was before the 12th century

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30 Apr 2021

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“Edge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edge. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for edge

edge

noun

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

edge

verb

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

edge

noun
\ 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
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Other Words from edge

edged \ ˈejd \ adjective

edge

verb
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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