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Meaning of EDGE

Pronunciation:  ej

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object; "he rounded the edges of the box"
  2. [n]  a strip near the boundary of an object; "he jotted a note on the margin of the page"
  3. [n]  a slight competitive advantage; "he had an edge on the competition"
  4. [n]  the attribute of urgency; "his voice had an edge to it"
  5. [n]  the boundary of a surface
  6. [n]  a line determining the limits of an area
  7. [v]  provide with an edge; "edge a blade"
  8. [v]  lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; "Canada adjoins the U.S."; "England marches with Scotland"
  9. [v]  advance slowly, as if by inches; "He edged towards the car"
  10. [v]  provide with a border or edge; "edge the tablecloth with embroidery"

EDGE is a 4 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: abut, adjoin, border, border, border, bound, boundary, butt, butt against, butt on, inch, march, margin, sharpness
 See Also: advance, bevel, bezel, border, border, bound, boundary, bounds, brim, brink, brink, cant, chamfer, contact, curb, cutting edge, deckle, deckle edge, edge in, edge up, favorable position, favourable position, featheredge, fringe, furnish, go on, kerb, knife edge, leading edge, limb, line, lip, lower bound, march on, margin, meet, milling, molding, moulding, move on, neighbor, neighbour, outer boundary, pass on, perimeter, periphery, progress, provide, razor edge, render, rim, rim, roadside, selvage, selvedge, sharpen, shoulder, side, slip, strip, superiority, supply, thalweg, threshold, touch, trailing edge, upper bound, urgency, verge, wayside



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Edge\, n. [OE. eg, egge, AS. ecg; akin to OHG. ekka, G.
    ecke, Icel. & Sw. egg, Dan. eg, and to L. acies, Gr. ? point,
    Skr. a?ri edge. ??. Cf. {Egg}, v. t., {Eager}, {Ear} spike of
    corn, {Acute}.]
    1. The thin cutting side of the blade of an instrument; as,
       the edge of an ax, knife, sword, or scythe. Hence,
       figuratively, that which cuts as an edge does, or wounds
       deeply, etc.
             He which hath the sharp sword with two edges. --Rev.
                                                   ii. 12.
             Slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword.
    2. Any sharp terminating border; a margin; a brink; extreme
       verge; as, the edge of a table, a precipice.
             Upon the edge of yonder coppice.      --Shak.
             In worst extremes, and on the perilous edge Of
             battle.                               --Milton.
             Pursue even to the very edge of destruction. --Sir
                                                   W. Scott.
    3. Sharpness; readiness of fitness to cut; keenness;
       intenseness of desire.
             The full edge of our indignation.     --Sir W.
             Death and persecution lose all the ill that they can
             have, if we do not set an edge upon them by our
             fears and by our vices.               --Jer. Taylor.
    4. The border or part adjacent to the line of division; the
       beginning or early part; as, in the edge of evening. ``On
       the edge of winter.'' --Milton.
    {Edge joint} (Carp.), a joint formed by two edges making a
    {Edge mill}, a crushing or grinding mill in which stones roll
       around on their edges, on a level circular bed; -- used
       for ore, and as an oil mill. Called also {Chilian mill}.
    {Edge molding} (Arch.), a molding whose section is made up of
       two curves meeting in an angle.
    {Edge plane}.
       (a) (Carp.) A plane for edging boards.
       (b) (Shoemaking) A plane for edging soles.
    {Edge play}, a kind of swordplay in which backswords or
       cutlasses are used, and the edge, rather than the point,
       is employed.
    {Edge rail}. (Railroad)
       (a) A rail set on edge; -- applied to a rail of more depth
           than width.
       (b) A guard rail by the side of the main rail at a switch.
    {Edge railway}, a railway having the rails set on edge.
    {Edge stone}, a curbstone.
    {Edge tool}.
       (a) Any tool instrument having a sharp edge intended for
       (b) A tool for forming or dressing an edge; an edging
    {To be on edge}, to be eager, impatient, or anxious.
    {To set the teeth on edge}, to cause a disagreeable tingling
       sensation in the teeth, as by bringing acids into contact
       with them. --Bacon.
  2. \Edge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Edged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To furnish with an edge as a tool or weapon; to sharpen.
             To edge her champion's sword.         --Dryden.
    2. To shape or dress the edge of, as with a tool.
    3. To furnish with a fringe or border; as, to edge a dress;
       to edge a garden with box.
             Hills whose tops were edged with groves. --Pope.
    4. To make sharp or keen, figuratively; to incite; to
       exasperate; to goad; to urge or egg on. [Obs.]
             By such reasonings, the simple were blinded, and the
             malicious edged.                      --Hayward.
    5. To move by little and little or cautiously, as by pressing
       forward edgewise; as, edging their chairs forwards.
  3. \Edge\, v. i.
    1. To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this
    2. To sail close to the wind.
             I must edge up on a point of wind.    --Dryden.
    {To edge away} or {off} (Naut.), to increase the distance
       gradually from the shore, vessel, or other object.
    {To edge down} (Naut.), to approach by slow degrees, as when
       a sailing vessel approaches an object in an oblique
       direction from the windward.
    {To edge in}, to get in edgewise; to get in by degrees.
    {To edge in with}, as with a coast or vessel (Naut.), to
       advance gradually, but not directly, toward it.
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