Edge

Definition of Edge

Pronunciation: ĕj
n.1.The thin cutting side of the blade of an instrument; as, the edge of an ax, knife, sword, or scythe.
He which hath the sharp sword with two edges.
- Rev. ii. 12.
Slander,
Whose edge is sharper than the sword.
- Shak.
2.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.
3.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.
4.The border or part adjacent to the line of division; the beginning or early part; as, in the edge of evening.
Edge joint
(Carp.) a joint formed by two edges making a corner.
Edge mill
a crushing or grinding mill in which stones roll around on their edges, on a level circular bed; - used for ore, and as an oil mill. Called also Chilian mill.
Edge molding
(Arch.) a molding whose section is made up of two curves meeting in an angle.
Edge plane
a - (Carp.) A plane for edging boards.
b - (Shoemaking) A plane for edging soles.
Edge play
a kind of swordplay in which backswords or cutlasses are used, and the edge, rather than the point, is employed.
Edge rail
a - (Railroad) A rail set on edge; - applied to a rail of more depth than width.
b - A guard rail by the side of the main rail at a switch.
Edge railway
a railway having the rails set on edge.
- Knight.
Edge stone
a curbstone.
Edge tool
a - Any tool or instrument having a sharp edge intended for cutting.
b - A tool for forming or dressing an edge; an edging tool.
To be on edge
a - to be eager, impatient, or anxious.
b - to be irritable or nervous.
on edge
a - See to be on edge.
b - See to set the teeth on edge.
To set the teeth on edge
a - to cause a disagreeable tingling sensation in the teeth, as by bringing acids into contact with them.
b - to produce a disagreeable or unpleasant sensation; to annoy or repel; - often used of sounds; as, the screeching of of the subway train wheels sets my teeth on edge.
- Bacon.
v. t.1.To furnish with an edge as a tool or weapon; to sharpen.
[imp. & p. p. Edged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Edging.]
To edge her champion's sword.
- Dryden.
2.To shape or dress the edge of, as with a tool.
3.To furnish with a fringe or border; as, to edge a dress; to edge a garden with box.
Hills whose tops were edged with groves.
- Pope.
4.To make sharp or keen, figuratively; to incite; to exasperate; to goad; to urge or egg on.
By such reasonings, the simple were blinded, and the malicious edged.
- Hayward.
5.To move by little and little or cautiously, as by pressing forward edgewise; as, edging their chairs forwards.
v. i.1.To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this way.
2.To sail close to the wind.
I must edge up on a point of wind.
- Dryden.
To edge away
(Naut.) to increase the distance gradually from the shore, vessel, or other object.
To edge down
(Naut.) to approach by slow degrees, as when a sailing vessel approaches an object in an oblique direction from the windward.
To edge in
to get in edgewise; to get in by degrees.
To edge in with
(Naut.) as with a coast or vessel (Naut.), to advance gradually, but not directly, toward it.

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