WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
edge /ɛdʒ/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  edged, edg•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. a line or border at which a surface ends:Grass grew along the edge of the road.
  2. a brink;
    a verge:at the edge of disaster.
  3. the thin, sharp side of the blade of a cutting instrument or weapon.
  4. a quality of sharpness or keenness, often showing anger:Her voice had an edge to it.
  5. an improved position;
    advantage:an edge on our competitors.

  1. [+ object] to provide with an edge or border.
  2. to make or force (one's way) gradually, esp. by moving sideways or cautiously: [no object]They edged slowly toward the door.[+ object]She edged the car up to the curb.
  1. Idiomson edge, in a state of irritability;
  2. set one's teeth on edge, to cause extreme discomfort or unpleasantness.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
edge  (ej),USA pronunciation n., v.,  edged, edg•ing. 
  1. a line or border at which a surface terminates:Grass grew along the edges of the road. The paper had deckle edges.
  2. a brink or verge:the edge of a cliff; the edge of disaster.
  3. any of the narrow surfaces of a thin, flat object:a book with gilt edges.
  4. a line at which two surfaces of a solid object meet:an edge of a box.
  5. the thin, sharp side of the blade of a cutting instrument or weapon.
  6. the sharpness proper to a blade:The knife has lost its edge.
  7. sharpness or keenness of language, argument, tone of voice, appetite, desire, etc.:The snack took the edge off his hunger. Her voice had an edge to it.
  8. British Termsa hill or cliff.
  9. an improved position;
    advantage:He gained the edge on his opponent.
  10. Games[Cards.]
    • advantage, esp. the advantage gained by being the age or eldest hand.
    • See  eldest hand. 
  11. Sport[Ice Skating.]one of the two edges of a skate blade where the sides meet the bottom surface, made sharp by carving a groove on the bottom.
  12. Sport[Skiing.]one of the two edges on the bottom of a ski that is angled into a slope when making a turn.
  13. Idiomshave an edge on, [Informal.]to be mildly intoxicated with alcoholic liquor:He had a pleasant edge on from the sherry.
  14. Idiomson edge: 
    • (of a person or a person's nerves) acutely sensitive;
    • impatient;
      eager:The contestants were on edge to learn the results.
  15. Idiomsset one's teeth on edge. See  tooth (def. 18).

  1. to put an edge on;
  2. to provide with an edge or border:to edge a terrace with shrubbery; to edge a skirt with lace.
  3. to make or force (one's way) gradually by moving sideways.
  4. Metallurgy
    • to turn (a piece to be rolled) onto its edge.
    • to roll (a piece set on edge).
    • to give (a piece) a desired width by passing between vertical rolls.
    • to rough (a piece being forged) so that the bulk is properly distributed for final forging.

  1. to move sideways:to edge through a crowd.
  2. to advance gradually or cautiously:a car edging up to a curb.
  3. edge in, to insert or work in or into, esp. in a limited period of time:Can you edge in your suggestion before they close the discussion?
  4. edge out, to defeat (rivals or opponents) by a small margin:The home team edged out the visitors in an exciting finish.
edgeless, adj. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English egge, Old English ecg; cognate with German Ecke corner; akin to Latin aciēs, Greek akís point
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rim, lip.
      Edge, border, margin refer to a boundary. An
      edge is the boundary line of a surface or plane:the edge of a table.Border is the boundary of a surface or the strip adjacent to it, inside or out:a border of lace.Margin is a limited strip, generally unoccupied, at the extremity of an area:the margin of a page.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

edge /ɛdʒ/ n
  1. the border, brim, or margin of a surface, object, etc
  2. a brink or verge
  3. a line along which two faces or surfaces of a solid meet
  4. the sharp cutting side of a blade
  5. keenness, sharpness, or urgency
  6. force, effectiveness, or incisiveness: the performance lacked edge
  7. dialect a cliff, ridge, or hillside
  8. have the edge on, have the edge overto have a slight advantage or superiority (over)
  9. on edgenervously irritable; tense
  10. nervously excited or eager
  11. set someone's teeth on edgeto make someone acutely irritated or uncomfortable
  1. (transitive) to provide an edge or border for
  2. (transitive) to shape or trim (the edge or border of something), as with a knife or scissors: to edge a pie
  3. to push (one's way, someone, something, etc) gradually, esp edgeways
  4. (transitive) to hit (a bowled ball) with the edge of the bat
  5. (transitive) to sharpen (a knife, etc)
Etymology: Old English ecg; related to Old Norse egg, Old High German ecka edge, Latin aciēs sharpness, Greek akis point

ˈedger n

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Collocations: edged [down, across, through], [walk, crawl] (slowly) to the edge (of), [cutting, leading, bleeding] -edge [technology, research], more...

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