edge Definition

  • 1the outside limit of an object, a surface or an area
  • 2the sharpened side of the blade of a cutting implement or weapon
  • 3a quality or factor that gives superiority over close rivals

Using edge: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "edge" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The cat was sitting on the edge of the table.

  • Example

    He sharpened the edge of the knife.

  • Example

    Her experience gave her an edge over the other candidates.

edge Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for edge

Idioms Using edge

  • to have an advantage over someone or something


    His experience in the field gave him an edge over the other applicants.

  • keep one's edge

    to maintain one's competitive or mental sharpness


    He practices every day to keep his edge as a professional athlete.

  • to live in a risky or dangerous way


    He loves extreme sports and always lives on the edge.

Phrases with edge

  • nervous, anxious, or irritable


    She was on edge all day, waiting for the exam results.

  • to lose control of one's emotions or behavior


    The constant stress finally pushed him over the edge.

  • to defeat or surpass someone or something by a small margin


    They edged out their competitors to win the championship.

Origins of edge

from Old English 'ecg', meaning 'sword'


Summary: edge in Brief

The term 'edge' [ej] refers to the outer limit of an object or area, the sharpened side of a blade, or a factor that gives superiority over rivals. It can be used in phrases like 'on edge,' meaning nervous or anxious, and idioms like 'have an edge,' denoting an advantage over others. 'Edge' also extends into phrases like 'edge out,' meaning to defeat by a small margin, and 'live on the edge,' implying a risky lifestyle.

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