- edge [ej]n.[ME egge < OE ecg, akin to ON egg, Ger ecke, corner < IE base * ak-, sharp: see ACID]1. the thin, sharp, cutting part of a blade2. the quality of being sharp or keen3. the projecting ledge or brink, as of a cliff4. the part farthest from the middle; line where something begins or ends; border, or part nearest the border; margin5. the verge or brink, as of a condition6. an intense, harsh, or irritable quality [his voice had a distinct edge]7. Geom. a line or line segment at which two plane surfaces meet☆ 8. Informal advantage [you have an edge on me]9. Informal the quality of being EDGY (sense 4)vt.edged, edging1.a) to form or put an edge on; provide an edge forb) to trim the edge of2. to make (one's way) sideways, as through a crowd3. to move gradually or cautiously4. Informal to defeat in a contest by a narrow margin: often with out☆ 5. Skiing to tilt (a ski) so that one edge bites into the snow, as in traversing a slopevi.1. to move sideways2. to move gradually or cautiously [to edge away from danger]SYN.- BORDER——————on edge1. so tense or nervous as to be easily upset; irritable2. eager; impatient——————set someone's teeth on edge1. to give a sensation of tingling discomfort, as the sound of a fingernail scraped on a slate does2. to irritate; provoke——————take the edge offto dull the intensity, force, or pleasure ofedgern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.