verb (used with object), edged, edg·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), edged, edg·ing.
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Idioms for edge
- (of a person or a person's nerves) acutely sensitive; nervous; tense.
- impatient; eager: The contestants were on edge to learn the results.
Origin of edge
synonym study for edge
OTHER WORDS FROM edgeedgeless, adjectiveoutedge, verb (used with object), out·edged, out·edg·ing.un·der·edge, nounun·edge, verb (used with object), un·edged, un·edg·ing.
Words nearby edge
What is a basic definition of edge?
The word edge most commonly refers to the sharp or angled side of an object or the place where something stops and something else starts—a border or margin. Edge is also used as a verb meaning to move sideways. Edge has many additional senses as both a noun and verb.
When it’s used to refer to the side or tip of an object, the word edge often implies that it’s sharp or pointy.
- Real-life example: The sharp edge of a knife is the part that you use to cut things with.
- Used in a sentence: I accidentally gave myself a paper cut on the edge of the envelope.
When it refers to the line or border where something stops, edge can be used in the context of objects or places. An edge may be an intentional boundary or it may simply be the place where something ends. Sometimes, it refers to the farthest possible point you can go before falling off of something—a verge or brink.
- Real-life example: The edges of an object are its outermost borders or margins. When you write too close to the edge of a piece of paper, you might write on whatever’s next to it, like the surface of the table it’s on. The edge of a road is the point where it stops and something else begins, such as grass or a sidewalk. The edge of a cliff is the last point you can stand on before there is no more cliff and you will fall. This sense of the word can also be used in figurative ways, as in the edge of reality.
- Used in a sentence: The pencil rolled over the edge of the desk and fell on the floor.
Edge can also be used as a verb meaning to move slowly or cautiously, such as by moving around the edges of something so as not to touch it or fall.
- Used in a sentence: The boy edged past his sleeping father to sneak into the kitchen.
Where does edge come from?
The first records of the word edge come from before the year 1000. It comes from the Old English word ecg. This word is related to the German ecke (meaning “corner”) and the Greek akís (“point”). Most of the many meanings of edge relate to an ending point or a side or boundary.
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What are some other forms related to edge?
- edgeless (adjective)
- edger (noun)
What are some synonyms for edge?
What are some words that share a root or word element with edge?
What are some words that often get used in discussing edge?
How is edge used in real life?
Edge is an extremely common word with many meanings, most of which involve sides, margins, or borders.
Well just took a solid 10 minutes to move my car from the front of the house to the edge of the driveway. 😑👌
— Cassidy (@cassslyons) December 15, 2013
Geometry makes me want to walk off the edge of a cliff.
— Court (@Courtt3012) November 12, 2013
Just drove past some kids as they smashed a bus shelter by accident, then edged slowly away.. It was like something off a film
— Sadie Burgess (@xsadiee) January 29, 2014
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Is edge used correctly in the following sentence?
The painters started from the middle and worked their way out to the edges of the floor.
Example sentences from the Web for edge
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Wednesday showed Biden with a narrow edge in the battleground state, where protests erupted after last month’s police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha.Election live updates: Trump returns to Wisconsin; Biden to face live audience at town hall|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
From the starting position on the left it takes two flips to move node 1 into a space where it can be connected to node 6 without crossing any other edges.A New Algorithm for Graph Crossings, Hiding in Plain Sight|Stephanie DeMarco|September 15, 2020|Quanta Magazine
It has not fallen into chaos, but it’s kind of right on the edge of it.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
They gather in the small village of Carrbridge, Scotland, on the edge of a national park in the Scottish highlands, for the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship.
If you’re looking for a pot that will ensure its contents don’t stick to the edges or boil over the sides, this design has got you covered.
Not to be left behind, progressives in neighboring Wisconsin clamored to join the cutting edge of public health.
French officials were already on edge after a series of apparently unconnected attacks, including the stabbing of police officers.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The rage that Marvin has embodied, a man on the edge of eruption, is always a badly wounded man.
Marvin hops over the edge of his retaining wall, which he built.
Another man chimes in: “Today we are living at the edge of suffering.”
After a bit of waiting, Mac decided that the smoke was floating from a certain direction, and we began to edge carefully that way.
He was hurrying towards the corner of the palace grounds when a shriek from Winifred set his teeth on edge.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The first man my eyes lighted upon as I stepped inside was MacRae, humped disconsolately on the edge of a bunk.
Squinty turned around, standing on the edge of the little brook, and waited, his heart beating faster and faster.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
Feeling sixteen and very foolish, she sank to the edge of a chair and muttered something about the charm of the room.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for edge
- a line along which two faces or surfaces of a solid meet
- a line joining two vertices of a graph
- a cliff, ridge, or hillside
- (capital) (in place names)Hade Edge
- nervously irritable; tense
- nervously excited or eager
Derived forms of edgeedgeless, adjectiveedger, noun
Word Origin for edge
Idioms and Phrases with edge
In addition to the idioms beginning with edge
- edge in
- edge out
- cutting edge
- get a word in edgewise
- have the edge on
- on edge
- on the edge
- over the edge
- set one's teeth on edge
- take the edge off
- thin edge of the wedge