Noun: edge ej
Verb: edge ej
- The boundary of a surface
- A line determining the limits of an area
- boundary, bound
- A sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object
"he rounded the edges of the box"
- The attribute of urgency in tone of voice
"his voice had an edge to it"
- A slight competitive advantage
"he had an edge on the competition"
- The outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the centre of something
"the edge of the leaf is wavy"; "she sat on the edge of the bed"; "the water's edge"
- Advance slowly, as if by inches
"He edged towards the car"
- Provide with a border or edge
"edge the tablecloth with embroidery"
- Lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
- border, adjoin, abut, march, butt, butt against, butt on
- Provide with an edge
"edge a blade"
Derived forms: edges, edged, edging
See also: edge in, edger, edging, edgy
Type of: adjoin, advance, bound, boundary, bounds, contact, demarcation, demarcation line, favorable position [US], favourable position [Brit, Cdn], furnish, go on, limit, line, march on, meet, move on, pass on, progress, provide, render, sharpen, side, superiority, supply, touch, urgency
Encyclopedia: Edge Edge, Cheshire Edge, Chester, Cheshire
■ noun [sing.]
COMPETITIVE EDGE, CUTTING EDGE, LEADING EDGE
a slight advantage over sb/sth:
They have the edge in car design.
This technology gives us an edge over our rivals.
❖ to gain/have/keep/lose/maintain an edge (on/over sb/sth)
◆ sth gives you an edge (on/over sb/sth)
2 (usually the edge)
the point at which sth, especially sth bad, may begin to happen:
The country is on the edge of financial collapse.
be on edge; put sb/sth on edge
to be nervous or uncertain:
The increasing oil price has put markets on edge.
Investors are on edge over the possibility of a general strike.
■ verb [no obj] (used with an adverb or a preposition)
(used especially in newspapers) to increase or decrease slightly in value or level:
The share price edged up 1% to ¥5 350.
Inflation has edged below the 2% target.
The shares edged 1% higher.
The yen edged ahead of the the euro today. See note at INCREASE