Meaning of EDGE in English

EDGE

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a cliff edge

Keep away from the cliff edge.

be on the verge/edge of a nervous breakdown (= to be very close to having a nervous breakdown )

These events left her on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

competitive edge (= its ability to compete well )

The team seems to have lost its competitive edge recently .

cutting edge

research that’s at the cutting edge of genetic science

edge city

give...a cutting edge

The team are relying on Gregg to give them a cutting edge .

hint/trace/edge/touch of sarcasm

There was just a touch of sarcasm in her voice.

jagged edge

the broken bottle’s jagged edge

on the edge of a precipice

The stock market is on the edge of a precipice .

poised on the brink/edge of sth

The economy is poised on the edge of collapse.

sb's nerves are on edge (= they feel nervous or worried about what might happen )

His nerves were on edge as he entered the dark room.

serrated edge

Use a knife with a serrated edge .

the edge of an abyss

At that time Bosnia was standing on the edge of an abyss .

the outskirts/edge of a town

It was six o'clock when she reached the outskirts of the town.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

competitive

Mr Coleridge inherits a market that has made some sensible moves to improve its competitive edge .

They would dilute the quality of his product, blunting a competitive edge .

There seemed to be very little wrong with his competitive edge , or his nerve.

They have a competitive edge in larger buying power, enabling them to acquire stock at prices way below the small independents.

On the contrary, much of it - the taxation proposals in particular - is calculated to sacrifice our competitive edge .

They achieve the competitive edge because everyone is helping to achieve it.

What is the competitive edge which the company has and is this sustainable?

Great training for life in the U. S. Gives you that competitive edge .

eastern

Built for horse carts, it linked the eastern edge of the village with the fields.

The Constellation crashed on Auchinweet Farm, on the eastern edge of Tarbolton parish, about 5 miles east of the airport.

Or so it was until the white man first appeared, out of the forests on the grasslands' eastern edge .

About 1,000 protesters, many from groups that were active in Seattle, demonstrated at the eastern edge of the village.

The campus is located on the eastern edge of Walt Disney World.

Ostermark Ostermark is a large and mostly rural province, lying at the north eastern edge of the Empire.

I headed back toward the eastern edge of town.

hard

X100's body will be rounded and sculpted, with soft, flowing lines and no hard edges or chrome highlights.

The demonstrations, meanwhile, began to take on a harder edge in recent weeks.

They still play honest hard rock, but now it sounds fresher and has thousands of hard edges .

She remains gutsy throughout presenting a harder edge to previous Ritas I have seen.

He had a hard edge to his voice.

Flats are suitable for larger strokes, holding a good charge of pigment and are good for hard edges .

Her smile broadened, lost its hard edge .

These can be made tighter by running the material over a hard edge to squeeze the coils.

jagged

Flames leapt hundreds of feet high, illuminating the jagged edges of the blocks.

There are too many jagged edges to the Clinton experience, too many highs and lows.

At one corner, a large chunk had been knocked out completely, leaving a nasty, jagged edge .

If you constantly catch your clothes on a jagged counter edge , sand it down.

The shaman broke the bones with his bare hands, and used the jagged edges to scratch at his bark.

When such trend lines are smoothed, the jagged edges are sawn off.

Some of the major new features include TrueType, which can create type of varying sizes without any jagged edges .

For the moment it may have smoothed or at least covered the jagged edges between the two sides.

leading

The weaving yarn should always be on the leading edge of the carriage.

One that balances leading edge technological capability with a thorough understanding of your business.

Add a border or binding down the leading and bottom edges of curtains for a real interior designer touch.

Flap extension automatically selects drooping leading edge down.

Position this end to the leading edges of the lining.

The rearmost sections of the leading edges might be detached from the joining ferrules.

So it pays to arrange the squares at right angles to the leading edges or at right angles to the spine.

Two points on the spine were used as bridle attachments and a third at the cross-spar connection to the leading edge .

northern

We have already seen that tunnels at the northern edge of the High Wood were used as the Library of the system.

So Elizondo remains in the Wynne prison unit on the northern edge of Huntsville, Texas.

A strong anomaly near Broadclyst is probably caused by the northern edge of a concealed southward-dipping lava sheet.

At its peak last week, about 500 people were camping in the woods on the northern edge of Lake County.

The wind sock was on the northern edge .

At the time, it lay on the northern edge of Baltimore Town.

Beyond, the huge sea cliffs of the northern edge of Heimæy form a sharp ridge that offers an airy walk.

The winds from the northern edge of Hugo whipped tourist communities around Myrtle Beach.

outer

Finish the semi-circle with a strip of hardboard nailed to the outer edges of the plywood arch.

Beyond Lovettsville, on the outer edge of my universe, lay Brunswick.

A strip of the relevant colour appears on the outer edge of each page within the sections.

He would for ever inhabit this ragged outer edge with me.

By the standards of the Dubrovlag she had a nice home, a two-bedroomed bungalow on the outer edge of the village.

Uneven as the crowd was, my path had taken me close to an outer edge near the earliest assigned parking area.

Impressively blackened rocks loomed large, their outer edges darkly green against the frothy white-capped waves.

This is a term for small vee cuts through both pieces of fabric on the outer edge .

raw

Turn under the raw edge of the top seam allowance and tack in place over the trimmed edge.

Turn in the raw edges of both seam allowances towards each other and match the folded edges.

In a week or so weather and growth would have sealed up again all the raw edges that betrayed its use.

With raw edges level, tack bias strip around neck edge with ends on top of facing.

Neaten outer edge of bias strip or turn under raw edge.

To make a plain seam, place two pieces of fabric together with right sides facing and with raw edges level.

Trim the raw edges of the fabric with pinking shears.

Fans and reviewers enjoyed the raw edge and revelled in the energy and melody thrown out of the guitar crashing mayhem.

rough

Although he sometimes rounded the rough edges off the truth, he remained an amusing raconteur and lively company.

They were the pioneers willing to accept the rough edges of life on the technological frontier.

Unpredictable, emotional and alive, it is, in keeping with the area, soul with the rough edges intact.

But the Florentine School had not polished away her rough edges .

He writes catchy tunes with lavish pop hooks and huge slices of melody. Rough edges are few and far between.

He managed to smooth away his rougher edges .

Too much pressure, and you get a rough edge .

Early rough edges refined in the studio and the power never drags.

sharp

Again do not round over the sharp edges when sanding.

Every aspect of my real estate practice presents sharp edges , you see.

She has a sharp cutting edge and woe betide the Europhile who treads on her toes.

Use an emery board to smooth sharp edges that could cut an adjacent toe.

Avoid items with sharp edges or the potential to trap fish.

I could see the metal barrel of a pistol, or the sharp edge of an army knife.

It needed a really sharp edge and just a light brushing with the cutter to form some of these parts.

The wound is of linear character with sharp edges .

southern

From the southern edge of this inland sea, it is only a short haul over the mountains to Los Angeles.

It sat at the southern edge of San Salvador on land that had once held a garbage dump.

In 1754, further burials were discovered during the rebuilding of Kate's Cabin at the southern edge of the extra-mural area.

As we rounded the lake's southern edge and moved up to the eastern shore, a faint tinkle filled the air.

The Lights of Lisbon at the southern edge of the Alfama district was one of his favourite places.

Eight miles North-west from Oxford on the southern edge of the Cotswolds is Woodstock.

After this, the path follows the southern edge of the estuary.

And even from the mainland there appeared to be a distinctly vertiginous southern edge to the island.

top

He tried the hook, got a top edge and it went for two over the keeper's head.

It had a nasty, disfiguring stain running along the whole of the top edge .

Pin top edges of valance and lining together and drawstitch the folded edges together.

Stitch braid to the top edge of the swag between the pleats.

The ends can be shaped and the whole thing cleaned up, but leave the top edge until the jointing is complete.

Cut out long thin strips for trimming around the top edge of the boat and fix on with a dampened paint brush.

Pin the pleats as previously planned and hand stitch securely in position, close to top edge .

Stitch braid to the outline of the pleats, covering stitching along top edge .

very

He sat down again on the very edge of the chair and they drank the tea in silence.

At their very edges the sea encroaches far in at roughly twelve and a half hour intervals, and then retreats.

In Britain, at the very edge of its breeding range, it is living under less than optimum conditions.

They plunged over the very edge of the human capacity to feel.

The monastery has a beautiful situation, on the very edge of the river Olt in fine mountain country.

Loretta perched herself uncomfortably on the very edge of the jacket.

Now the dim light gave Manville a very slight edge , for he was in cover and his adversaries were not.

But equally you can create suspense out of going to the very edge .

western

Based as it is on the north western edge of Snowdonia the centre is an ideal base for all kinds of climbing.

It was Cape Noir, at the western edge of Tierra del Fuego.

Omaha, which less than two years before had struck her as the absolute dropping-off place, the western edge of nowhere.

Romni, at the western edge of the Pale, was not spared.

Use the path along the western edge of Blea Tarn to join the Wrynose Pass road.

■ NOUN

knife

They had known they were on the knife edge , and interest rates had been at 8 percent.

It's balanced on a knife edge .

Wood is also reasonably kind to the knife edge .

The news was a body blow and for several months the company was on a knife edge .

He was dressed in casual wear: grey sweater and slacks with knife edge creases.

■ VERB

give

Hybrid yields are high enough to give varieties a marketing edge .

Smith said, giving Hoffman that edge .

It takes the cyberpunk circus routines of Archaos and gives then a high-tech edge .

Some are focussing on areas such as swaps and derivatives, which can give them an edge in the primary bond market.

The goal is to customize content for a California audience, a feature that Pac Bell hopes will give it an edge .

A benefits package is a very marketable advantage, one that Trope hopes will give them the edge over other independent labels.

live

We lived on the edge of the ditch.

His normal expectation was to live on the edge of starvation.

People seemed to be living on the edge of their nerves.

It was great -- people living on the edge , skiing every day, partying.

Witches always lived on the edges of things.

People lived at the edge of the forest or made clearings in it.

Customers willing to live on the edge purchased approximately seventy-two thousand units.

lose

McEnroe, who lost a tough match with Stefano Pescosolido, 7-6 1-6 6-4, said he was losing his mental edge .

In later years Winthrop lost his gentle edge and firm hold.

There is no sign that Silicon Valley is losing its innovative edge .

Only in the last chapters does the book lose some of its edge .

News at Ten was not exactly sinking, but it was generally agreed it had lost its edge .

I lost the edges of myself and began to soak into the floorboards.

Subsequent releases lost that initial edge , as the band looked to more complex expressions of their art.

He also writes of how his illness changed him, how this worldly man gained a spirituality without losing his edge .

perch

She perched on the edge of the sofa, gazing into the mock flames from the gas fire.

From the moment he took the rostrum, Gergiev had his musicians tensely perched on the edge of their seats.

He swung his legs around so that he was perched on the edge of the bunk.

Chesarynth perched on the edge of her seat, fearing a poisoned needle in the cushions.

She perched at its edge and let her pen, as was her wont, run automatically over the creamy paper.

Bobbie was perched on the edge of the couch.

He cast around for a chair, shoved some papers aside with a foot and perched on the edge of an armchair.

She sidled cautiously towards the equipment, and perched on the edge of a deep mahogany box.

sit

De Nesle sat down on the edge of the desk and picked up the coffee cup.

He got me to sit on the edge of my oak dresser, and then he walked into me.

He swung himself to sit on the edge of the bed, and dropped his head in his hands.

Riker threw me the box and walked back to sit on the edge of the cargo deck.

He sat on the edge of the bed and dialled his office number.

She liked him to sit on the edge and talk to her.

The small village, no more than 20 wooden and canvas shacks, sat on the edge of a coastal inlet.

I sit on the edge of the padded table, naked, and stare at the envelope.

stand

Martin was standing at the furthermost edge of the terrace, looking over the gardens and down to the sea.

She stands at the edge of the crowd.

Turn around. Stand on the edge .

They were kindly asked to stand at the edge of a knee-deep ditch.

Dunvegan Castle stands on the edge of the sea, and looks up along the long narrow Loch Dunvegan to the north-west.

Let my dad kidnap me, he pleaded as he stood at the edge of the driveway.

I stood at the edge of the drive, out of sight of the approaching runner.

The only gas station stood at the edge of town.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

be on a razor/razor's edge

be on the ragged edge

be teetering on the brink/edge of sth

The country is teetering on the brink of a massive financial crisis.

A moment later, realising she was teetering on the brink of self-pity, she brought herself up short.

As the piece opens, he is in an internment camp, and she is teetering on the edge of madness.

He says that the country is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

He was teetering on the brink of something serious.

If it were as bad as its critics contend, our society would be teetering on the edge of extinction.

Now he was teetering on the edge of the parapet.

We are teetering on the edge of farce.

Wednesday morning, during an hourlong session with reporters, Forbes appeared to be teetering on the edge of folding his campaign.

have rough edges

The play still has a few rough edges, but by next week it should be all right.

leading edge

the leading edge of a plane's wing

To survive, companies must stay on the leading edge of technology.

By having an aerodynamic, efficient leading edge.

One that balances leading edge technological capability with a thorough understanding of your business.

Part of it went upwards perforating the leading edge of the fin in several places.

Somehow, he accomplishes it and keeps doing work at the leading edge.

That so weakened the plane that the fuselage broke in two, just forward of the leading edge of the wings.

The weaving yarn should always be on the leading edge of the carriage.

When curtains are to butt together, plan to have a half space at each leading edge.

When glass fibre tubular spars were standard practice, leading edge distortion would form an otherwise straight line into a swan-neck shape!

on the edge of your seat

Chesarynth perched on the edge of her seat , fearing a poisoned needle in the cushions.

From the moment he took the rostrum, Gergiev had his musicians tensely perched on the edge of their seats .

He was waiting for her answer, not exactly on the edge of his seat , though.

This dramatic opening had me on the edge of my seat !

This keeps you on the edge of your seat .

We're on the edge of our seats .

raw edge

Fans and reviewers enjoyed the raw edge and revelled in the energy and melody thrown out of the guitar crashing mayhem.

In a week or so weather and growth would have sealed up again all the raw edges that betrayed its use.

Neaten outer edge of bias strip or turn under raw edge.

To make a plain seam, place two pieces of fabric together with right sides facing and with raw edges level.

Trim the raw edges of the fabric with pinking shears.

Turn in the raw edges of both seam allowances towards each other and match the folded edges.

Turn under the raw edge of the top seam allowance and tack in place over the trimmed edge.

With raw edges level, tack bias strip around neck edge with ends on top of facing.

set sb's teeth on edge

His high-pitched squeaky voice set my teeth on edge.

At other times their self-evident frustration sets your teeth on edge.

He w as filing arrow heads, and the sound of the metal on the whetstone set Burun's teeth on edge.

It was all done so genteelly that it set McAllister's teeth on edge.

That set our teeth on edge and bring our goose pimples rising like porpoises after mackerel.

the cutting edge (of sth)

Amazingly, he accomplished that while dancing on the cutting edge.

As president of a modeling agency, Page Parkes follows the cutting edge.

But the cutting edge doesn't come cheap.

In fact, this white-owned company was often on the cutting edge of new directions.

Settlement houses and settlement house workers were at the cutting edge of social change.

The decade's retreat from the cutting edge is certainly in evidence.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A group of children were playing at the water's edge .

Don't put your glass so close to the edge of the table.

Gretel lives in a simple cottage on the edge of the forest.

He set the ashtray down on the edge of the table.

Keep away from the edge of the cliff - you might fall.

My uncle's house is on the edge of town near the freeway.

Some athletes lose their edge by their mid-20s.

The edges of the carpet were torn.

The plates have blue lines around the edges.

There's an enormous oak tree at the edge of the garden.

We camped right at the edge of the desert.

You'll need a knife with a very sharp edge .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Don't measure the edge of your knitting as this is inaccurate.

Not only did I have loops at the edge , but seven or eight stitches actually leapt off the needles.

She swung her legs over the edge of the bed and went over to the window to look down at the courtyard.

Then she pulled the old one out and threw it away, over the edge of the roof.

There was a strong sweet earthy smell from the slopes of soil around its edges.

When she recovered she was holding on to the edge of the table for balance.

You know, I wonder, could we, could I try to sand out the edges here?

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

ahead

Newcastle edged ahead again in the 31st minute when defender Kevin Scott hooked home from close range.

away

Gathering up our two young children, we edged away upstream to the cover of some trees.

Tom wanted to edge away from them.

Moderate Republicans in Congress are quietly edging away from Mr Bush.

Once the pack was unleashed again it developed into a two-horse race with Schumacher edging away from Hakkinen.

She couldn't even edge away .

closer

I edged closer as we talked.

I edged closer to her, and joined in.

But it was edging closer to Trent, always a little closer.

down

The Inspector edged down the confined passage into the living room which looked out on to a neat back garden.

Shares of Westinghouse edged down 1 / 4 to 18 1 / 8.

Interest rates have edged down , and more banks are switching to variable interest rates pegged to their prime lending rate.

They came edging down to look it over.

forward

As he edged forward , Sendei glanced up occasionally at the far end.

We scraped along, edged forward , bumping into one another, feeling our way deeper and deeper into the church.

He edged forward in a trance and, as he did so, the light in the room was switched off.

He edged forward a few steps, using the flashlight as a probe.

At first we could see nothing so crouched on our haunches, edging forward like crabs, feeling the soft woollen carpet.

Cars were edging forward with barely controlled impatience to the steady whiplash accompaniment of their windscreen wipers.

He edged forward , tapped the smoker gently on the shoulder, and punched him.

He edged forward nervously, the rock raised in his hand.

up

Wall Street edged up 0.9% and the world index gained 1.2%.

We edged up along a steep, snowy ridge and over the heaven-scraped granite to the top.

As the national minimum wage was edged up , so the position altered.

Load factor edged up to 52. 2 % from 51. 4 %.

Northern Rock closed at 463p on the first day of trading in October 1997 and have edged up marginally to about 513p.

November output edged up a preliminary 0. 1 % from October but tumbled 3. 7 % from November 1994.

Shares in Morgan edged up 1p to 469p last night.

CompUSA edged up 3 / 4 to 33 7 / 8.

■ NOUN

way

Pressed against the wall so she couldn't be seen, Marie edged her way , very quietly, towards the pill-box.

By Rockville Centre I was at the first car, casually edging my way t6ward the door.

With shared relief they edged their way back and then at last down the circular stair.

And the other women, sensing trouble, immediately began to edge their way out of the picture.

Nick slipped off his clothes and edged his way into the water.

New terminologies were not difficult to master, and gradually the possibility of perfection began edging its way into my life.

He edged his way to the kitchen door and could see a black profile through the frosted glass.

There were certainly more people than she had expected as they edged their way into the crowded lounge.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

be on a razor/razor's edge

be on the ragged edge

have rough edges

The play still has a few rough edges, but by next week it should be all right.

leading edge

the leading edge of a plane's wing

To survive, companies must stay on the leading edge of technology.

By having an aerodynamic, efficient leading edge.

One that balances leading edge technological capability with a thorough understanding of your business.

Part of it went upwards perforating the leading edge of the fin in several places.

Somehow, he accomplishes it and keeps doing work at the leading edge.

That so weakened the plane that the fuselage broke in two, just forward of the leading edge of the wings.

The weaving yarn should always be on the leading edge of the carriage.

When curtains are to butt together, plan to have a half space at each leading edge.

When glass fibre tubular spars were standard practice, leading edge distortion would form an otherwise straight line into a swan-neck shape!

on the edge of your seat

Chesarynth perched on the edge of her seat , fearing a poisoned needle in the cushions.

From the moment he took the rostrum, Gergiev had his musicians tensely perched on the edge of their seats .

He was waiting for her answer, not exactly on the edge of his seat , though.

This dramatic opening had me on the edge of my seat !

This keeps you on the edge of your seat .

We're on the edge of our seats .

raw edge

Fans and reviewers enjoyed the raw edge and revelled in the energy and melody thrown out of the guitar crashing mayhem.

In a week or so weather and growth would have sealed up again all the raw edges that betrayed its use.

Neaten outer edge of bias strip or turn under raw edge.

To make a plain seam, place two pieces of fabric together with right sides facing and with raw edges level.

Trim the raw edges of the fabric with pinking shears.

Turn in the raw edges of both seam allowances towards each other and match the folded edges.

Turn under the raw edge of the top seam allowance and tack in place over the trimmed edge.

With raw edges level, tack bias strip around neck edge with ends on top of facing.

set sb's teeth on edge

His high-pitched squeaky voice set my teeth on edge.

At other times their self-evident frustration sets your teeth on edge.

He w as filing arrow heads, and the sound of the metal on the whetstone set Burun's teeth on edge.

It was all done so genteelly that it set McAllister's teeth on edge.

That set our teeth on edge and bring our goose pimples rising like porpoises after mackerel.

the cutting edge (of sth)

Amazingly, he accomplished that while dancing on the cutting edge.

As president of a modeling agency, Page Parkes follows the cutting edge.

But the cutting edge doesn't come cheap.

In fact, this white-owned company was often on the cutting edge of new directions.

Settlement houses and settlement house workers were at the cutting edge of social change.

The decade's retreat from the cutting edge is certainly in evidence.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Edging my way through the crowd, I eventually managed to get to the bar.

As he edged closer, Jan became more nervous.

Billy edged along the ledge, trying not to look down.

Fontes edged Gibbs in the voting for NFL Coach of the Year.

He kept an eye on me as he edged across the room.

I started edging towards the door, hoping to slip away unnoticed.

Mervyn edged sideways through the front door, which seemed to be stuck.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

I brush the sleeve of her kimono as I edge past.

Ross Perot edges ever closer to declaring himself the candidate of his new Reform Party.

The action reversed a trend in which the two countries appeared to be edging ever so slightly toward increased cooperation.

Then he edged a ball into his pad and some one made a stifled appeal.

There were a few trees edging the pavement, but they were an urban stock, twisted and stunted by city poisons.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.