The place where something begins or ends is called the edge. If you get too close to a cliff’s edge, you might fall off it. Going to the water's edge is not so dangerous.

The part of a knife's blade that actually does the cutting is called the edge. Make sure you keep it sharp! This sense of sharpness is the image you want to have for the many figurative senses of this word. If someone speaks to you with an edge in his or her voice, be careful. They might be getting angry. And if you have an edge over someone, think of yourself as a little sharper because you have the advantage. Your years of training will give you the competitive edge over newcomers to the game. If your company is on the cutting edge of 3D technology, it is the industry leader.

Primary Meanings of edge

a line determining the limits of an area
provide with a border or edge
the attribute of urgency in tone of voice
a slight competitive advantage
advance slowly, as if by inches
Full Definitions of edge

n a line determining the limits of an area

bound, boundary
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the shape of a raised edge of a more or less circular object
border, margin, perimeter
the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary
fringe, outer boundary, periphery
the outside boundary or surface of something
brink, threshold, verge
a region marking a boundary
upper bound
(mathematics) a number equal to or greater than any other number in a given set
lower bound
(mathematics) a number equal to or less than any other number in a given set
the middle of the chief navigable channel of a waterway that forms the boundary line between states
either the outer margin or the inner margin of the aperture of a gastropod's shell
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a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point

n the boundary of a surface

the edge of a steep place
(astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet
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bound, boundary, bounds
the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

n 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”
“the water's edge
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a strip forming the outer edge of something
the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down
(nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast
border, molding, moulding
a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge
selvage, selvedge
the edge of a fabric that is woven so that it will not ravel or fray
berm, shoulder
a narrow edge of land (usually unpaved) along the side of a road
roadside, wayside
edge of a way or road or path
border consisting of anything placed on the edge to finish something (such as a fringe on clothing or on a rug)
hard shoulder
a paved strip beside a motorway (for stopping in emergencies)
selvage, selvedge
border consisting of an ornamental fringe at either end of an oriental carpet
a grass border along a road
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demarcation, demarcation line, limit
the boundary of a specific area

n a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object

“he rounded the edges of the box”
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bevel, cant, chamfer
two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
a sloping edge on a cutting tool
brim, lip, rim
the top edge of a vessel or other container
curb, curbing, kerb
an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
deckle, deckle edge
rough edge left by a deckle on handmade paper or produced artificially on machine-made paper
a thin tapering edge
a curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults
cutting edge, knife edge
the sharp cutting side of the blade of a knife
leading edge
forward edge of an airfoil
corrugated edge of a coin
razor edge
an edge that is as sharp as the cutting side of a razor
trailing edge
the rear edge of an airfoil
collar, shoe collar
the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot
an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
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an extended outer surface of an object

v provide with a border or edge

edge the tablecloth with embroidery”
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furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v provide with an edge

edge a blade”
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make sharp or sharper

v lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

abut, adjoin, border, butt, butt against, butt on, march
neighbor, neighbour
be located near or adjacent to
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adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact

n the attribute of urgency in tone of voice

“his voice had an edge to it”
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pressing importance requiring speedy action

n a slight competitive advantage

“he had an edge on the competition”
Type of:
favorable position, favourable position, superiority
the quality of being at a competitive advantage

v advance slowly, as if by inches

“He edged towards the car”
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advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress
move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

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