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
Related formsedge·less, adjectiveout·edge, verb (used with object), out·edged, out·edg·ing.un·der·edge, nounun·edge, verb (used with object), un·edged, un·edg·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for on 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 Formsedgeless, adjectiveedger, noun
Word Origin for edge
Idioms and Phrases with on edge (1 of 2)
Tense, nervous, irritable, as in We were all on edge as we waited for the surgeon's report. This expression transfers the edge of a cutting instrument to one's feelings. [Late 1800s] Also see on the edge; set one's teeth on edge.
Idioms and Phrases with on edge (2 of 2)
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