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a. A thin, sharpened side, as of the blade of a cutting instrument.
b. The degree of sharpness of a cutting blade.
c. A penetrating, incisive quality: "His simplicity sets off the satire, and gives it a finer edge" (William Hazlitt).
d. A slight but noticeable sharpness, harshness, or discomforting quality: His voice had an edge to it.
e. Keenness, as of desire or enjoyment; zest: The brisk walk gave an edge to my appetite.
a. The line or area farthest away from the middle: lifted the carpet's edge. See Synonyms at border.
b. The line of intersection of two surfaces: the edge of a brick.
c. A rim or brink: the edge of a cliff.
d. The point at which something is likely to begin: on the edge of war.
3. A margin of superiority; an advantage: a slight edge over the opposition.
v. edged, edg·ing, edg·es
a. To give an edge to (a blade); sharpen.
b. To tilt (a ski or both skis) in such a way that an edge or both edges bite into the snow.
a. To put a border or edge on: edged the quilt with embroidery.
b. To act as or be an edge of: bushes that edged the garden path.
3. To advance or push slightly or gradually: The dog edged the ball with its nose.
4. To trim or shape the edge of: edge a lawn.
5. To surpass or beat by a small margin. Often used with out: The runner edged her opponent out at the last moment.
To move gradually or hesitantly: The child edged toward the door.
on edge
Highly tense or nervous; irritable.
on the edge
1. In a precarious position.
2. In a state of keen excitement, as from danger or risk: "the excitement of combat, of living on the edge" (Nelson DeMille).

[Middle English egge, from Old English ecg; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

edge′less adj.



1. having an edge or edges (often used in combination): sharp-edged.
2. sarcastic; cutting: an edged reply.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.edged - having a specified kind of border or edge; "a black-edged card"; "rough-edged leaves"; "dried sweat left salt-edged patches"
bordered - having a border especially of a specified kind; sometimes used as a combining term; "black-bordered handkerchief"
2.edged - (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character; "cutting remarks"; "edged satire"; "a stinging comment"
unkind - lacking kindness; "a thoughtless and unkind remark"; "the unkindest cut of all"
3.edged - having a cutting edge or especially an edge or edges as specified; often used in combination; "an edged knife"; "a two-edged sword"
sharp - having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"


[ˈɛdʒd] adj (= bordered) edged with → bordé(e) de
a lace-edged handkerchief → un mouchoir bordé de dentelle
edged in black → bordé(e) de noir
References in classic literature ?
Closer and closer he edged about, following the movements of the twisting, scuffling combatants.