Definition of edge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//edʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//edʒ//
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  1. 1  [countable] the outside limit of an object, a surface or an area; the part furthest from the centre He stood on the edge of the cliff. a big house on/at the edge of town Don't put that glass so near the edge of the table. I sat down at the water's edge. Stand the coin on its edge. She tore the page out roughly, leaving a ragged edge in the book. see also leading edge
  2. 2  [countable] the sharp part of a blade, knife or sword that is used for cutting Be careful—it has a sharp edge. see also knife-edge
  3. 3(also the edge) [singular] the point at which something, especially something bad, may begin to happen synonym brink, verge They had brought the country to the edge of disaster. see also cutting edge
  4. 4[singular] a slight advantage over somebody/something The company needs to improve its competitive edge. edge on/over somebody/something They have the edge on us.
  5. 5[singular] a strong, often exciting, quality Her show now has a hard political edge to it.
  6. 6[singular] a sharp tone of voice, often showing anger He did his best to remain calm, but there was a distinct edge to his voice.
  7. 7-edged (in adjectives) having the type of edge or edges mentioned a lace-edged handkerchief see also gilt-edged
  8. Word OriginOld English ecg ‘sharpened side of a blade’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch egge and German Ecke, also to Old Norse eggja ‘incite’, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin acies ‘edge’ and Greek akis ‘point’.Extra examples A trellis provided shade and defined the edges of the courtyard. Erosion has left the house perched on the very edge of the cliff. Flip the fabric over so the cut edge is now to your left. I gripped the edge of my desk to steady myself. My fingers played with the frayed edges of my jeans. My foot caught the edge of the table. She could see rocky cliffs on the opposite edge of the lake. She sat on the edge of her bed. Smoke was making its way around the edges of the door. Soon we were at the edge of the woods. The building forms the northern edge of the courtyard. The car rolled over the edge of the cliff. The intensive training she had done gave her the edge over the other runners. The road skirts the western edge of the forest. Their training gave them an extra edge. They live right on the edge of town. Trees lined the edges of the path. We had reached the edge of the map and didn’t know which way to go. a knife with a serrated edge the left edge of the image the rounded edges of her collarbone the top edge of the picture frame to gain a competitive edge over rival suppliers Don’t put that glass so near the edge of the table. He believes Marseilles have a slight edge as they face Rangers at home. I sat down at the water’s edge. Stand the coin on its edge and spin it. The company needs to improve its competitive edge. This is one of the key ways in which the firm can gain the edge over its competitors.Idioms to be nervous, excited or bad-tempered Synonymsnervousneurotic on edge jitteryThese words all describe people who are easily frightened or are behaving in a frightened way.nervous easily worried or frightened:She was of a nervous disposition. See also the entry for worried.neurotic not behaving in a reasonable, calm way, because you are worried about something:She became neurotic about keeping the house clean.on edge nervous or bad-tempered:She was always on edge before an interview.jittery (informal) anxious and nervous:All this talk of job losses was making him jittery.Patterns a nervous/​neurotic man/​woman/​girl to feel nervous/​on edge/​jittery a bit nervous/​on edge/​jittery See related entries: Excitement, Nervous
    be on the razor’s edge, be on a razor edge
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    to be in a difficult situation where any mistake may be very dangerous Social workers operate on the razor’s edge.
    fray at/around the edges/seams
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    to start to come apart or to fail Support for the leader was fraying at the edges.
    on the edge of your seat
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    very excited and giving your full attention to something The game had the crowd on the edge of their seats. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happened next.
    small parts of something or of a person’s character that are not yet as good as they should be The ballet still had some rough edges. He had a few rough edges knocked off at school.
    set somebody’s teeth on edge
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    (of a sound or taste) to make somebody feel physically uncomfortable Just the sound of her voice sets my teeth on edge.
    take the edge off something
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    to make something less strong, less bad, etc. The sandwich took the edge off my appetite. I took an aspirin to take the edge off the pain. A squeeze of lemon takes the edge off the sweetness.
    teeter on the brink/edge of something
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    to be very close to a very unpleasant or dangerous situation The country is teetering on the brink of civil war.
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