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EDGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does edge mean? 

EDGE (noun)
  The noun EDGE has 6 senses:

1. the boundary of a surface
2. a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object
3. a line determining the limits of an area
4. the attribute of urgency
5. a slight competitive advantage
6. a strip near the boundary of an object

  Familiarity information: EDGE used as a noun is common.


EDGE (verb)
  The verb EDGE has 4 senses:

1. advance slowly, as if by inches
2. provide with a border or edge
3. lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
4. provide with an edge

  Familiarity information: EDGE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EDGE (noun)


Sense 1edge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The boundary of a surface

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

edge; border

Hypernyms ("edge" is a kind of...):

bound; boundary; bounds (the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "edge"):

brink (the edge of a steep place)

limb ((astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet)


Sense 2edge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

he rounded the edges of the box

Hypernyms ("edge" is a kind of...):

side (an extended outer surface of an object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "edge"):

bevel; cant; chamfer (two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees)

trailing edge (the rear edge of an airfoil)

razor edge (an edge that is as sharp as the cutting side of a razor)

milling (corrugated edge of a coin)

leading edge (forward edge of an airfoil)

cutting edge; knife edge (the sharp cutting side of the blade of a knife)

featheredge (a thin tapering edge)

deckle; deckle edge (rough edge left by a deckle on handmade paper or produced artificially on machine-made paper)

curb; curbing; kerb (an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter))

brim; lip; rim (the top edge of a vessel or other container)

bezel (a sloping edge on a cutting tool)


Sense 3edge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A line determining the limits of an area

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

bound; boundary; edge

Hypernyms ("edge" is a kind of...):

line (a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "edge"):

thalweg (the middle of the chief navigable channel of a waterway that forms the boundary line between states)

lower bound ((mathematics) a number equal to or less than any other number in a given set)

upper bound ((mathematics) a number equal to or greater than any other number in a given set)

brink; threshold; verge (a region marking a boundary)

fringe; outer boundary; periphery (the outside boundary or surface of something)

border; margin; perimeter (the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary)

rim (the shape of a raised edge of a more or less circular object)


Sense 4edge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The attribute of urgency

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

sharpness; edge

Context example:

his voice had an edge to it

Hypernyms ("edge" is a kind of...):

urgency (pressing importance requiring speedy action)


Sense 5edge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A slight competitive advantage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

he had an edge on the competition

Hypernyms ("edge" is a kind of...):

favorable position; favourable position; superiority (the quality of being a competitive advantage)


Sense 6edge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A strip near the boundary of an object

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

edge; margin

Context example:

he jotted a note on the margin of the page

Hypernyms ("edge" is a kind of...):

slip; strip (artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "edge"):

roadside; wayside (edge of a way or road or path)

berm; shoulder (narrow edge of land (usually unpaved) along the side of a road)

selvage; selvedge (the edge of a fabric that is woven so that it will not ravel or fray)

border; molding; moulding (a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge)

luff ((nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast)

border (a strip forming the outer edge of something)


EDGE (verb)


Sense 1edge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Advance slowly, as if by inches

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

edge; inch

Context example:

He edged towards the car

Hypernyms (to "edge" is one way to...):

advance; go on; march on; move on; pass on; progress (move forward, also in the metaphorical sense)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Also:

edge in (push one's way into (a space))


Sense 2edge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide with a border or edge

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

edge; border

Context example:

edge the tablecloth with embroidery

Hypernyms (to "edge" is one way to...):

furnish; provide; render; supply (provide or furnish with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3edge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

butt on; butt against; butt; adjoin; abut; edge; border; march

Context examples:

Canada adjoins the U.S. / England marches with Scotland

Hypernyms (to "edge" is one way to...):

adjoin; contact; meet; touch (be in direct physical contact with; make contact)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "edge"):

neighbor; neighbour (be located near or adjacent to)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 4edge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide with an edge

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

edge a blade

Hypernyms (to "edge" is one way to...):

sharpen (make sharp or sharper)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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