To be on edge
Edge Edge ([e^]j), n. [OE. eg, egge, AS. ecg; akin to OHG. ekka, G. ecke, Icel. & Sw. egg, Dan. eg, and to L. acies, Gr. 'akh` point, Skr. a[,c]ri edge. [root]1. Cf. {Egg}, v. t., {Eager}, {Ear} spike of corn, {Acute}.] 1. The thin cutting side of the blade of an instrument; as, the edge of an ax, knife, sword, or scythe. Hence, (figuratively), that which cuts as an edge does, or wounds deeply, etc. [1913 Webster]

He which hath the sharp sword with two edges. --Rev. ii. 12. [1913 Webster]

Slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Any sharp terminating border; a margin; a brink; extreme verge; as, the edge of a table, a precipice. [1913 Webster]

Upon the edge of yonder coppice. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

In worst extremes, and on the perilous edge Of battle. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Pursue even to the very edge of destruction. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. Sharpness; readiness or fitness to cut; keenness; intenseness of desire. [1913 Webster]

The full edge of our indignation. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. The border or part adjacent to the line of division; the beginning or early part; as, in the edge of evening. ``On the edge of winter.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{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}. (Railroad) (a) 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. --Knight.

{Edge railway}, a railway having the rails set on edge.

{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. [archaic] --Bacon. (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. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • To be on foot — Foot Foot (f[oo^]t), n.; pl. {Feet} (f[=e]t). [OE. fot, foot, pl. fet, feet. AS. f[=o]t, pl. f[=e]t; akin to D. voet, OHG. fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. f[=o]tr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth. f[=o]tus, L. pes, Gr. poy s, Skr. p[=a]d, Icel. fet step, pace… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be on the rack — Rack Rack, n. [Probably fr. D. rek, rekbank, a rack, rekken to stretch; akin to G. reck, reckbank, a rack, recken to stretch, Dan. r[ae]kke, Sw. r[ a]cka, Icel. rekja to spread out, Goth. refrakjan to stretch out; cf. L. porrigere, Gr. ore gein.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be on one's back — Back Back (b[a^]k), n. [AS. b[ae]c, bac; akin to Icel., Sw., & LG. bak, Dan. bag; cf. OHG. bahho ham, Skr. bhaj to turn, OSlav. b[=e]g[u^] flight. Cf. {Bacon}.] 1. In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from the neck to the end… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on edge — Edge Edge ([e^]j), n. [OE. eg, egge, AS. ecg; akin to OHG. ekka, G. ecke, Icel. & Sw. egg, Dan. eg, and to L. acies, Gr. akh point, Skr. a[,c]ri edge. [root]1. Cf. {Egg}, v. t., {Eager}, {Ear} spike of corn, {Acute}.] 1. The thin cutting side of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set the teeth on edge — Edge Edge ([e^]j), n. [OE. eg, egge, AS. ecg; akin to OHG. ekka, G. ecke, Icel. & Sw. egg, Dan. eg, and to L. acies, Gr. akh point, Skr. a[,c]ri edge. [root]1. Cf. {Egg}, v. t., {Eager}, {Ear} spike of corn, {Acute}.] 1. The thin cutting side of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set on foot — Foot Foot (f[oo^]t), n.; pl. {Feet} (f[=e]t). [OE. fot, foot, pl. fet, feet. AS. f[=o]t, pl. f[=e]t; akin to D. voet, OHG. fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. f[=o]tr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth. f[=o]tus, L. pes, Gr. poy s, Skr. p[=a]d, Icel. fet step, pace… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lie on one's back — Back Back (b[a^]k), n. [AS. b[ae]c, bac; akin to Icel., Sw., & LG. bak, Dan. bag; cf. OHG. bahho ham, Skr. bhaj to turn, OSlav. b[=e]g[u^] flight. Cf. {Bacon}.] 1. In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending from the neck to the end… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To turn the edge of — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be turned of — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set the teeth on edge — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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