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edge Tweet Definition of edge Like Definition of edge on Facebook
  1. The boundary line of a surface.
  2. (geometry) The joining line between two vertex, vertices of a polygon.
  3. (geometry) The place where two faces of a polyhedron meet.
  4. An advantage (as have the edge on)
  5. 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,<BR> Whose edge is sharper than the sword. Shak.
  1. 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<BR> Of battle. Milton.
Pursue even to the very edge of destruction. Sir W. Scott.
  1. 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.
  1. 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." Milton.
  2. (cricket) The edge of a cricket bat.
  3. (graphtheory) Any of the connected pairs of vertex, vertices in a graph.
  4. In male masturbation, a level of sexual arousal that is maintained just short of reaching the point of inevitability, or climax.
verb (edg, ing)
  1. (transitive) To move an object slowly and carefully in a particular direction.
He edged the book across the table.
  1. (intransitive) To move slowly and carefully in a particular direction.
He edged away from her.
  1. (cricket) (transitive) To hit the ball with an edge of the bat, causing a fine deflection.
  2. (transitive) Triming the margin of a lawn where the grass meets the sidewalk, usually with an electric or gas-powered lawn edger.
eisteddfod Tweet Definition of eisteddfod Like Definition of eisteddfod on Facebook
noun (pl1=eisteddfods, pl2=eisteddfodau)
  1. Any of several annual festivals in which Welsh poets, dancers, and musicians compete for recognition.
end Tweet Definition of end Like Definition of end on Facebook
  1. Extreme part.
  2. Extreme line.
  3. Death.
  4. Result.
  5. Purpose.
  6. (cricket) One of the two parts of the ground used as a descriptive name for half of the ground.
    • The Pavillion End
      1. The position at the end of either the offensive or defensive line, a tight end, a split end, a defensive end.
      2. (curling) A period of play in which each team throws 8 rocks, 2 per player, in alternating fashion.
  1. (intransitive): To finish, terminate.
Is this movie ever going to ?
  1. (transitive): To finish, terminate.
erk Tweet Definition of erk Like Definition of erk on Facebook
  1. a member of the groundcrew in the RAF
estate Tweet Definition of estate Like Definition of estate on Facebook
  1. (legal) Technically, the nature and extent of a person's interest in, or ownership of, land.
    • Broadly, applies to all that a person owns, whether real property, real or personal property, personal property.
      1. An area on land under single ownership. (w:Estate (house))
      2. The property of a deceased person.
      3. A group of buildings built together as a single development on a designated area of land. (w:Housing estate)
      4. A general collective noun.
      5. (context, UK, automotive) An estate car; the body style for cars, popular with families, which has an enclosed area where the boot or trunk would be on a sedan / saloon.
      6. A major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country and formerly possessing distinct political rights (w:Estates of the realm)
estate agent Tweet Definition of estate agent Like Definition of estate agent on Facebook
  1. A person or company who acts in the sale, lease or maintenance of land, property, real estate etc for another.
  2. (archaic) A land bailiff.
Etonian Tweet Definition of Etonian Like Definition of Etonian on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. One who is enrolled in or graduated from Eton.
exaltation Tweet Definition of exaltation Like Definition of exaltation on Facebook
  1. The act of exalt, exalting or raising high; also, the state of being exalted; elevation.
  2. The refinement or subtilization of a body, or the increasing of its virtue or principal property.
  3. That placement of a planet in the zodiac in which it is deemed to exert its strongest influence.
exempt Tweet Definition of exempt Like Definition of exempt on Facebook
  1. One who has been released from something.
  1. (transitive) To release or deliver from some liability which others are subject to.
  2. (transitive) To except or excuse from the operation of a law.
  3. (transitive) To grant immunity to.
  4. (transitive) To free from obligation.
  5. (transitive) To release; as, to exempt from military duty, or from jury service.
  6. (transitive) To exempt from fear or pain.
exon Tweet Definition of exon Like Definition of exon on Facebook
  1. (genetics) A sequence of DNA that transcribes the amino acid sequence of a protein (via mRNA)
expertise Tweet Definition of expertise Like Definition of expertise on Facebook
  1. great skill or knowledge in a particular field or hobby
The scientist has expertise in cold fusion.
  1. advice, or opinion, of an expert
express Tweet Definition of express Like Definition of express on Facebook
  1. A mode of transportation, often a train, that travels quickly or directly.
I took the into town.
verb (expresses, expressing, expressed)
  1. To convey meaning.
Words cannot the love I feel for him.
  1. To excrete or cause to excrete, especially said of milk.
  1. Moving or operating quickly, as a train not making local stops.
  2. specific, Specific or precise.
I gave him instructions not to begin until I arrived, but he ignored me.
  1. Truly depicted; exactly resembling.
In my eyes it bore a livelier image of the spirit, it seemed more and single, than the imperfect and divided countenance.
eyot Tweet Definition of eyot Like Definition of eyot on Facebook
  1. A little island, especially in a river or lake.
elevenses Tweet Definition of elevenses Like Definition of elevenses on Facebook
  1. a snack that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the morning
ex-directory Tweet Definition of ex-directory Like Definition of ex-directory on Facebook
  1. Of a telephone number, not in the directory; unlisted

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