Meaning of EDGE in English


Pronunciation: ' ej

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English egge, from Old English ecg; akin to Latin acer sharp, Greek akm ē point

Date: before 12th century

1 a : the cutting side of a blade <a razor's edge > b : the sharpness of a blade <a knife with no edge > c (1) : FORCE , EFFECTIVENESS <blunted the edge of the legislation> (2) : vigor or energy especially of body <maintains his hard edge > d (1) : incisive or penetrating quality <writing with a satirical edge > (2) : a noticeably harsh or sharp quality <her voice had an edge to it> (3) : a secondary but distinct quality <rock music with a bluesy edge > e : keenness or intensity of desire or enjoyment <lost my competitive edge > <took the edge off our appetites>

2 a : the line where an object or area begins or ends : BORDER <on the edge of a plain> b : the narrow part adjacent to a border <the edge of the deck> c (1) : a point near the beginning or the end especially : BRINK , VERGE <on the edge of disaster> (2) : the threshold of danger or ruin <living on the edge > d : a favorable margin : ADVANTAGE <has an edge on the competition>

3 : a line or line segment that is the intersection of two plane faces (as of a pyramid) or of two planes

– edge · less adjective

– on edge : ANXIOUS , NERVOUS

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.