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Dictionary Definition



1 the boundary of a surface [syn: border]
2 a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object; "he rounded the edges of the box"
3 a line determining the limits of an area [syn: boundary, bound]
4 the attribute of urgency; "his voice had an edge to it" [syn: sharpness]
5 a slight competitive advantage; "he had an edge on the competition"
6 a strip near the boundary of an object; "he jotted a note on the margin of the page" [syn: margin]


1 advance slowly, as if by inches; "He edged towards the car" [syn: inch]
2 provide with a border or edge; "edge the tablecloth with embroidery" [syn: border]
3 lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; "Canada adjoins the U.S."; "England marches with Scotland" [syn: border, adjoin, abut, march, butt, butt against, butt on]
4 provide with an edge; "edge a blade"

User Contributed Dictionary



ecg. Cognate with German Ecke, Dutch egge, Swedish egg.



  1. The boundary line of a surface.
  2. The joining line between two vertices of a polygon.
  3. The place where two faces of a polyhedron meet.
  4. An advantage (as have the edge on)
  5. The thin cutting side of the blade of an instrument; as, the edge of an ax, knife, sword, or scythe. Hence, figuratively, that which cuts as an edge does, or wounds deeply, etc.
    He which hath the sharp sword with two edges. Rev. ii. 12.
    Slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword. Shak.
  6. Any sharp terminating border; a margin; a brink; extreme verge; as, the edge of a table, a precipice.
    Upon the edge of yonder coppice. Shak.
    In worst extremes, and on the perilous edge Of battle. Milton.
    Pursue even to the very edge of destruction. Sir W. Scott.
  7. Sharpness; readiness or fitness to cut; keenness; intenseness of desire.
    The full edge of our indignation. Sir W. Scott.
    Death and persecution lose all the ill that they can have, if we do not set an edge upon them by our fears and by our vices. Jer. Taylor.
  8. The border or part adjacent to the line of division; the beginning or early part; as, in the edge of evening. "On the edge of winter." Milton.
  9. The edge of a cricket bat.
  10. Any of the connected pairs of vertices in a graph.
  11. In male masturbation, a level of sexual arousal that is maintained just short of reaching the point of inevitability, or climax.


Related terms


boundary line of a surface
  • Albanian: buzë
  • Catalan: vora
  • Chinese: 边界
  • Croatian: rub
  • Czech: hrana
  • Danish: rand
  • Esperanto: rando
  • Finnish: reuna
  • French: bord
  • German: Rand
  • Greek: άκρη (akre) , χείλος (khilos)
  • Hungarian: szél
  • Italian: orlo, bordo
  • Kurdish: قه‌راغ
  • Norwegian: kant
  • Polish: krawędź
  • Portuguese: margem
  • Sardinian (Campidanese): vora
  • Slovak: hrana
  • Spanish: orilla
  • Swedish: rand
  • Telugu: అంచు (aMchu)
joining line between two vertices of a polygon
place where two faces of a polyhedron meet
  • Czech: hrana
  • Finnish: särmä
  • French: côté
  • Português: face
  • Spanish: arista
an advantage
thin cutting side of the blade of an instrument
  • Chinese:
  • Finnish: terä
  • Greek: κόψη
  • Kurdish: ده‌م
  • Norwegian: egg
  • Polish: ostrze
  • Português: fio, gume
  • Sardinian: atta
  • Spanish: filo
that which cuts as an edge does, or wounds deeply
  • Finnish: terä
any sharp terminating border; a margin; a brink; extreme verge
  • French: bord
  • Italian: bordo
  • Spanish: borde
sharpness; readiness or fitness to cut; keenness; intenseness of desire
border or part adjacent to the line of division; the beginning or early part
edge of a cricket bat
in graph theory: any of the pairs of vertices in a graph
  • Croatian: brid
  • Czech: hrana
  • Japanese: (hen)


  1. To move an object slowly and carefully in a particular direction.
    He edged the book across the table.
  2. To move slowly and carefully in a particular direction.
    He edged away from her.
  3. (cricket) To hit the ball with an edge of the bat, causing a fine deflection.
  4. Triming the margin of a lawn where the grass meets the sidewalk, usually with an electric or gas-powered lawn edger.

Derived terms


  • 1925: Walter Anthony and Tom Reed (titles), Rupert Julian (director), The Phantom of the Opera, silent movie
    In Mlle. Carlotta’s correspondence there appeared another letter, edged in black!

Extensive Definition




Edge is a colloquial noun to describe escarpments in England.
  • Edge, a small village north of Stroud, Gloucestershire
  • Edge, near Yockleton, Shrewsbury Shropshire
  • Edge, Cheshire, a small village and civil parish in the City of Chester district of Cheshire, England
  • Edge Hill, Warwickshire, an escarpment and hamlet in the county of Warwickshire, England, and site of the first battle of the English Civil War
  • Alderley Edge, a village and civil parish in Cheshire
  • Birchen Edge, a rock face in the Peak District, United Kingdom
  • Birds Edge, a small village in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Blackstone Edge, an area of moorland along the Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire county boundary
  • Brown Edge is a village and civil parish in the Staffordshire Moorlands district of Staffordshire
  • Fremington Edge, a wall of crags and scree slopes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Gardom's Edge, located near Baslow in Derbyshire
  • Kinver Edge, a high heath and woodland escarpment in Staffordshire
  • Moorside Edge, in West Yorkshire
  • Snods Edge, a small hamlet in South Northumberland
  • Wenlock Edge, a limestone escarpment near Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Science and technology

  • Edge (graph theory), a line segment joining two nodes in a graph
  • Edge (geometry), a line segment joining two vertices in a polytope
  • Edge case, a problem or situation that occurs only at an extreme (maximum or minimum) operating parameter
  • Edge of chaos, a phrase used to refer to a metaphor that some physical, biological, economic and social systems operate in a region between order and complete randomness or chaos, where the complexity is maximal
  • Edge connector, the portion of a printed circuit board consisting of traces leading to the edge of the board that are intended to plug into an edge connector socket
  • Edge detection, in image processing and computer vision, locating points in a digital image where the luminous intensity changes sharply
  • Edge (digital), when a digital signal changes level it forms an "edge" in the waveform diagram. This is sometimes used in edge detection like in flip-flops.
  • Edge device, an access device that provide entry points into enterprise or service provider core computer networks
  • Edge effect, the effect of the juxtaposition of contrasting environments on an ecosystem
  • Edge enhancement, a digital image processing filter that improves the apparent sharpness of an image or video
  • Edge Foundation, an organization of science and technology intellectuals
  • Edge Foundation (UK), an educational foundation that aims to improve vocational learning in schools
  • Edge-of-the-wedge theorem, in quantum field theory
  • Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE), a digital mobile phone technology
  • Explicit Data Graph Execution, a computer architecture
  • Bleeding edge, a description of technology that is so new (and thus, presumably, not perfected) that the user is required to risk reductions in stability and productivity in order to use it
  • Clock edge, in electronics, a transition in a clock signal from either low to high (0 to 1) or high to low (1 to 0)
  • Red edge, the region of rapid change in reflectance of chlorophyll in the near infrared range
  • Silhouette edge, in computer graphics, is the collection of points on a 3D body projected onto a 2D plane (display plane) whose outwards surface normal is perpendicular to the view vector
  • EDGE of Existence Programme, a research and conservation initiative that focuses on species deemed to be the world’s most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE)





  • Edge Radio, a radio station in Hobart, Tasmania
  • The Edge (radio station), a New Zealand radio network
  • The Edge Radio Lucena, a radio station in the Philippines.
  • 104.1 The Edge, an Albuquerque, New Mexico Radio Station.
  • CFNY-FM, a radio station in Toronto, Ontario
  • KDGE-FM, a radio station in Dallas, Texas
  • KEDJ, a radio station in Phoenix, Arizona
  • WEDG, a radio station in Buffalo, New York

Fictional characters


  • Edge Act, U.S. legislation which allows national banks to engage in international banking through federally chartered subsidiaries
    • Edge Act Corporation, a corporation chartered by the Federal Reserve of the United States under the above
  • Edge Church, an Assemblies of God megachurch in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Edge city, an American term for a relatively new concentration of business, shopping and entertainment outside a traditional urban area, in what had recently been a residential suburb or semi-rural community
  • Edge (educational foundation), organisation promoting practical and vocational learning in the UK
  • Edge jointing, the process of making the edge of a wooden board straight and true in preparation for edge joining
  • Edge-to-edge tiling, a type of tiling
  • Edge pull, in figure skating, a skill that allows the skater to gain speed while skating on one foot by rocking between inside and outside edges
  • Edge Wireless, an American mobile phone provider
  • EDGES with Mal Fletcher, a documentary TV series presenting evangelical Christian views on social issues
  • Ford Edge, a midsize crossover vehicle
  • Straight edge, a subculture that is closely associated with hardcore punk music
  • West Michigan Edge, an American soccer team
  • Edge (rock band), an alternative rock band based out of Houston, Texas
  • The Edge, an attraction at the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Australia
edge in Czech: Edge
edge in Danish: Kant
edge in German: Edge
edge in Spanish: Edge
edge in French: Edge
edge in Italian: Edge (disambigua)
edge in Hebrew: אדג'
edge in Dutch: Edge
edge in Japanese: エッジ
edge in Norwegian: Edge
edge in Portuguese: Edge (desambiguação)
edge in Russian: EDGE (значения)
edge in Simple English: Edge
edge in Finnish: Edge (täsmennyssivu)
edge in Swedish: Edge
edge in Turkish: Edge

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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