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 edgelessflat, rounded, dull, round, square, blunt, blunted, turned, insensitive, obtuse, pointless, edentate, toothless
Examples from the Web for edgeless
Historical Examples of edgeless
Ring quadrangular, edgeless, with four unequal sides; ventral rod more curved and with longer sides than the dorsal rod.
Mistress of her scissors and needles, which are pointless and edgeless to her art!The Hunchback
James Sheridan Knowles
There had been so many twists to the morning that his abiding distrust of every one became, for the time being, edgeless.The Carpet from Bagdad
The baronet took down a pair of light, edgeless blades with blunted points.Brothers of Peril
Theodore Goodridge Roberts
You may choose which liberty you will, and restraint of voiceful rock, or the dumb and edgeless shore of darkened sand.On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)
- 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
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.
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].
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