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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Edge
  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."He which hath the sharp sword with two edges." [Rev. ii. 12.]"Slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword." [Shak.]
  2. Any sharp terminating border; a margin; a brink; extreme verge; as, the edge of a table, a precipice."Upon the edge of yonder coppice." [Shak.]"In worst extremes, and on the perilous edge Of battle." [Milton.]"Pursue even to the very edge of destruction." [Sir W. Scott.]
  3. Sharpness; readiness or fitness to cut; keenness; intenseness of desire."The full edge of our indignation." [Sir W. Scott.]"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.]
  4. The border or part adjacent to the line of division; the beginning or early part; as, in the edge of evening."On the edgeof winter." [Milton.]

Etymology: OE. eg egge, AS. ecg; akin to OHG. ekka, G. ecke, Icel. & Sw. egg, Dan. eg, and to L. acies, Gr. 'akh` point, Skr. açri edge. √1. Cf. Egg (v. t.) Eager Ear spike of corn, Acute

verb Edge
  1. To furnish with an edge as a tool or weapon; to sharpen."To edge her champion's sword." [Dryden.]
  2. To shape or dress the edge of, as with a tool.
  3. To furnish with a fringe or border; as, to edge a dress; to edge a garden with box. "Hills whose tops were edged with groves." [Pope.]
  4. To make sharp or keen, figuratively; to incite; to exasperate; to goad; to urge or egg on.(Obs)"By such reasonings, the simple were blinded, and the malicious edged." [Hayward.]
  5. To move by little and little or cautiously, as by pressing forward edgewise; as, edging their chairs forwards.
verb Edge
  1. To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this way.
  2. To sail close to the wind."I must edge up on a point of wind." [Dryden.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object ("he rounded the edges of the box")
  2. The outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something ("the edge of the leaf is wavy", "she sat on the edge of the bed", and "the water's edge")
  3. A slight competitive advantage ("he had an edge on the competition")
  4. The attribute of urgency in tone of voice ("his voice had an edge to it")
  5. The boundary of a surface
  6. A line determining the limits of an area
  7. Provide with an edge ("edge a blade")
  8. Lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
  9. Advance slowly, as if by inches ("He edged towards the car")
  10. Provide with a border or edge ("edge the tablecloth with embroidery")

From Middle English egge, from Old English eċġ, from Proto-Germanic *agjō (compare Dutch egge, German Ecke, Swedish egg), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (“sharp”) (compare Welsh hogi (“to sharpen, hone”), Latin aciēs (“sharp”), acus (“needle”), Latvian ašs, ass (“sharp”), Ancient Greek ἀκίς (akís, “needle”), ἀκμή (akmḗ, “point”), and Persian آس (ās, “grinding stone”)).

  1. The boundary line of a surface.
  2. (geometry) A one-dimensional face of a polytope. In particular, the joining line between two vertices of a polygon; the place where two faces of a polyhedron meet.
  3. An advantage.
    I have the on him.
  4. (also figuratively) The thin cutting side of the blade of an instrument, such as an ax, knife, sword, or scythe; that which cuts as an edge does, or wounds deeply, etc.
  5. A sharp terminating border; a margin; a brink; an extreme verge.
    The cup is right on the of the table.
    He is standing on the of a precipice.
  6. Sharpness; readiness or fitness to cut; keenness; intenseness of desire.
  7. The border or part adjacent to the line of division; the beginning or early part (of a period of time)
    in the of evening
  8. (cricket) A shot where the ball comes off the edge of the bat, often unintentionally.
  9. (graph theory) A connected pair of vertices in a graph.
  10. In male masturbation, a level of sexual arousal that is maintained just short of reaching the point of inevitability, or climax; see also edging.

Notable Persons Named Edge

Edge is a professional wrestler and actor. His career lasted from 1992 to 2011. Edge was given the name Adam Joseph Copeland on October 30th, 1973 in Orangeville, Ontario.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Edge

Edge is a professional wrestler and actor. His career lasted from 1992 to 2011. Edge was given the name Adam Joseph Copeland on October 30th, 1973 in Orangeville, Ontario.


The Edge is a rock music, post-punk, and alternative rock musician. He plays Gibson Explorer, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul, Fender Telecaster, Gretsch, Gretsch White Falcon, Rickenbacker 330, and Epiphone Casino. He was most active from 1976 to present. The was given the name David Howell Evans on August 8th, 1961 in Barking, Essex, England.


Graeme Edge is a rock music and poetry musician, songwriter, and poetry. He plays Drum kit and Percussion instrument. He was most active from 1964 to present. Graeme was given the name Graeme Charles Edge on March 30th, 1941 in England, United Kingdom.


Steve Edge is a sitcom and sketch comedy comedian. Steve was born on November 2nd, 1972 in Cannock.


Morgan Edge is a comics character.


Walter Evans Edge was a Governor of New Jersey, United States Senator, New Jersey, (Class 2), United States Ambassador to France, and United States Senate. His most notable accomplishments were from 1917 to 1919. Walter was born on November 20th, 1873 in Philadelphia. He left this life on October 29th, 1956.


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Popularity of Edge as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Edge U.S.
  White 80.75% 64.26%
  African American 13.49% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.39% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.15% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.22% 16.26%

Of Last Name Edge

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Fun Facts about the name Edge

  • How Popular is the name Edge? Edge is the 42,883rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Edge was the 3,119th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Edge have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 66 babies born with the first name Edge in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Edge? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2000 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Edge first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Edge is Wednesday, May 12th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Edge born? The highest recorded use of the first name Edge was in 2007 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Edge: Your name in reverse order is Egde. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Edeg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Edge? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,556 people with the last name Edge.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Edge? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Edge as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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