Origin of edging
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 edgingoutline, borderline, fringe, rim, edge, curb, brim, hem, boundary, margin, brink
Examples from the Web for edging
Contemporary Examples of edging
In Iraq, Tehran was our silent partner, working to break an ISIS siege and edging out Maliki.How Iran Could Become Our Shadow Enemy in the Syria ISIS War
September 16, 2014
They met five times with Mikan edging Kurland in games won, 3-2, and points scored, 77-64.Bob Kurland, the First Player to Dunk, Was a Pioneer for Big Men
March 21, 2014
While Gingrich remains a caustic conservative, he seems to be edging toward a big-tent philosophy.Newt Gingrich: Republicans Can’t Win Just By Beating Up Hillary Clinton
March 26, 2013
In edging past that mark, the latest PMI suggests that Chinese factories are getting busier, but only just.Goodish News From China
November 1, 2012
Brown admitted students from 80 different countries, with China edging out Canada as the largest source.Who Got Into the Country’s Top Colleges?
April 4, 2012
Historical Examples of edging
"You've been losing too much sleep lately," said the Kid, edging away.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
"No, after houses," said Margaret, edging past him into the box.Howards End
E. M. Forster
I came home and this morning I began the "edging around" process.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
She had thrust the basket and the parsley into the man's hand, and was edging away.The Carroll Girls
I had been edging round him with the intention of backing away.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
- 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
1570s, "the putting of a border," verbal noun from edge (v.). Meaning "a border" is from 1660s; that of "the trimming of lawn edges" is from 1858.
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