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Definition: To be on 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.,
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
He which hath the sharp sword with two edges. --Rev.
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
3. Sharpness; readiness or fitness to cut; keenness;
intenseness of desire.
The full edge of our indignation. --Sir W.
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 edge of winter.”
(Carp.), a joint formed by two edges making a
, 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
(Arch.), a molding whose section is made up of
two curves meeting in an angle.
(a) (Carp.) A plane for edging boards.
(b) (Shoemaking) A plane for edging soles.
, a kind of swordplay in which backswords or
cutlasses are used, and the edge, rather than the point,
(a) A rail set on edge; -- applied to a rail of more depth
(b) A guard rail by the side of the main rail at a switch.
, a railway having the rails set on edge.
, a curbstone.
(a) Any tool or instrument having a sharp edge intended
(b) A tool for forming or dressing an edge; an edging
To be on edge
(a) to be eager, impatient, or anxious.
(b) to be irritable or nervous.
(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.
(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
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