Definitions for: Edge


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--Shak.

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.
Scott.

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
corner.

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.
--Knight.

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
cutting.
(b) A tool for forming or dressing an edge; an edging
tool.

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.


Edge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Edged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Edging.]
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.
--Locke.


Edge, v. i.
1. To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this
way.

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.

Synonyms: abut, adjoin, border, border, border, bound, boundary, butt, butt against, butt on, inch, march, margin, sharpness

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