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.
- (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
Synonyms for edge
Related Words for edgeperimeter, end, boundary, point, fringe, tip, mouth, side, shore, rim, lip, peak, verge, threshold, corner, line, margin, brink, outskirt, superiority
Examples from the Web for edge
Contemporary Examples of edge
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
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.”The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Qatar is just a little spit of land that looks like a polyp on edge of Saudi Arabia.U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of edge
The edge of the garment was curiously wrought with golden palm leaves.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Along the edge of the green pines and spruce were lavender asters.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Looking around him, he at length, from the edge of the valley, descried Robert.Brave and Bold
Now he scanned the trees on the edge of the clearing with painful anxiety.
And then they came to the edge of the cliff, where the heel marks ended.
- 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
Word Origin for edge
Old English ecg "corner, edge, point," also "sword" (cf. ecgplega, literally "edge play," ecghete, literally "edge hate," both used poetically for "battle"), from Proto-Germanic *agjo (cf. Old Frisian egg "edge;" Old Saxon eggia "point, edge;" Middle Dutch egghe, Dutch eg; Old Norse egg, see egg (v.); Old High German ecka, German Eck "corner"), from PIE root *ak- "sharp, pointed" (cf. Sanskrit asrih "edge," Latin acies, Greek akis "point;" see acrid).
Spelling development of Old English -cg to Middle English -gg to Modern English -dge represents a widespread shift in pronunciation. To get the edge on (someone) is U.S. colloquial, first recorded 1911. Edge city is from Joel Garreau's 1992 book of that name. Razor's edge as a perilous narrow path translates Greek epi xyrou akmes. To have (one's) teeth on edge is from late 14c., though "It is not quite clear what is the precise notion originally expressed in this phrase" [OED].
late 13c., "to give an edge to" (implied in past participle egged), from edge (n.). Meaning "to move edgeways (with the edge toward the spectator), advance slowly" is from 1620s, originally nautical. Meaning "to defeat by a narrow margin" is from 1953. The meaning "urge on, incite" (16c.) often must be a mistake for egg (v.). Related: Edged; edging.
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