Webster 1913 Edition
The thin cutting side of the blade of an instrument;
edgeof an ax, knife, sword, or scythe
That which cuts as an edge does, or wounds deeply, etc.
He which hath the sharp sword with two
Rev. ii. 12.
edgeis sharper than the sword.
Any sharp terminating border; a margin; a brink; extreme verge;
edgeof a table, a precipice
edgeof yonder coppice.
In worst extremes, and on the perilous
Pursue even to the very
Sir W. Scott.
Sharpness; readiness or fitness to cut; keenness; intenseness of desire.
edgeof our indignation.
Sir W. Scott.
Death and persecution lose all the ill that they can have, if we do not set an
edgeupon them by our fears and by our vices.
The border or part adjacent to the line of division; the beginning or early part;“On the edge of winter.”
as, in the.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To furnish with an edge as a tool or weapon; to sharpen.
edgeher champion’s sword.
To shape or dress the edge of, as with a tool.
To furnish with a fringe or border;
edgea dress; to
edgea garden with box.
Hills whose tops were
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
To move by little and little or cautiously, as by pressing forward edgewise;
edgingtheir chairs forwards
To move sideways; to move gradually;
edgealong this way
To sail close to the wind.
edgeup on a point of wind.
To edge awayor
To edge off
to increase the distance gradually from the shore, vessel, or other object.–
To edge down
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,
as with a coast or vessel
(Naut.), to advance gradually, but not directly, toward it.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.In a general sense, the extreme border or point of any thing; as the edge of the table; the edge of a book; the edge of cloth. It coincides nearly with border, brink, margin. It is particularly applied to the sharp border, the thin cutting extremity of an instrument, as the edge of an ax, razor, knife or scythe; also, to the point of an instrument, as the edge of a sword.
2.Figuratively, that which cuts or penetrates; that which wounds or injures; as the edge of slander.
3.A narrow part rising from a broader.
Some harrow their ground over, and then plow it upon an edge.
4.Sharpness of mind or appetite; keenness; intenseness of desire; fitness for action or operation; as the edge of appetite or hunger.
Silence and solitude set an edge on the genius.
5.Keenness; sharpness; acrimony.
Abate the edge of traitors.
To set the teeth on edge, to cause a tingling or grating sensation in the teeth.
To edge her champion's sword.
2.To furnish with an edge.
A sword edged with flint.
3.To border; to fringe.
A long descending train,
With rubies edged.
4.To border; to furnish with an ornamental border; as, to edge a flower-bed with box.
5.To sharpen; to exasperate; to embitter.
By such reasonings,the simple were blinded, and the malicious edged.
6.To incite; to provoke; to urge on; to instigate; that is, to push on as with a sharp point; to goad. Ardor or passion will edge a man forward,when arguments fail.
7.To move sideways; to move by little and little; as, edge your chair along.
1.To sail close to the wind.
To edge away, in sailing, is to decline gradually from the shore or from the line of the course.
To edge in with, to draw near to, as a ship in chasing.