Etymology: Middle English egge, from Old English ecg; akin to Latin acer sharp, Greek akmē point
Date: before 12th century
a. the cutting side of a blade <a razor's edge> b. the sharpness of a blade <a knife with no edge> c. (1) force, effectiveness <blunted the edge of the legislation> (2) vigor or energy especially of body <maintains his hard edge> d. (1) incisive or penetrating quality <writing with a satirical edge> (2) a noticeably harsh or sharp quality <her voice had an edge to it> (3) a secondary but distinct quality <rock music with a bluesy edge> e. keenness or intensity of desire or enjoyment <lost my competitive edge> <took the edge off our appetites> 2. a. the line where an object or area begins or ends ; border <on the edge of a plain> b. the narrow part adjacent to a border <the edge of the deck> c. (1) a point near the beginning or the end; especially brink, verge <on the edge of disaster> (2) the threshold of danger or ruin <living on the edge> d. a favorable margin ; advantage <has an edge on the competition> 3. a line or line segment that is the intersection of two plane faces (as of a pyramid) or of two planes • edgeless adjective II. verb (edged; edging) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to give an edge to b. to be on an edge of <trees edging the lake> 2. to move or force gradually <edged him off the road> 3. to incline (a ski) sideways so that one edge cuts into the snow 4. to defeat by a small margin — often used with out <edged out her opponent> intransitive verb to advance by short moves
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.