Dictionary: ED'DISH, or EAD-ISH – EDG'ING

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The latter pasture or grass that comes after mowing or reaping; called also eagrass, earsh, etch. Encyc. [Not used, I believe, in America.]


A name given to a variety of the Arum esculentum, an esculent root. Mease. Encyc.

ED'DY, a.

Whirling; moving circularly. Dryden.

ED'DY, n. [I find this word in no other language. It is usually considered as a compound of Sax. ed, backward, and ea, water.]

  1. A current of water running back, or in a direction contrary to the main stream. Thus, a point of land extending into a river, checks the water near the shore, and turns it back or gives it a circular course. The word is applied also to the air or wind moving in a circular direction.
  2. A whirlpool; a current of water or air in a circular direction. And smiling eddies dimpled on the main. Dryden. Wheel through the air, in circling eddies play. Addison.

ED'DY, v.i.

To move circularly, or as an eddy.

ED'DY-ING, ppr.

Moving circularly, as an eddy.


Among seamen, the water which falls back on the rudder of a ship under sail, called dead water. Encyc.


The wind returned or beat back from a sail, a mountain or any thing that hinders its passage. Encyc.


A silicious stone of a light gray color. Kirwan.

E-DEM'A-TOUS, a. [Gr. οιδημα, a tumor; οιδεω, to swell.]

Swelling with a serous tumor; dropsical. An edematous tumor is white, soft and insensible. Quincy.

E'DEN, n. [Heb. Ch. עדן pleasure, delight.]

The country and garden in which Adam and Eve were placed by God himself.


Admitted into paradise. Davies.


In natural history, an order of animals that are destitute of front teeth, as the armadillo and anteater. Bell.

E-DEN'TATE, or E-DEN'TA-TED, a. [L. edentatus, e and dens.]

Destitute or deprived of teeth.


An animal having no fore teeth, as the armadillo and the sloth.


A depriving of teeth.

EDGE, n. [Sax. ecg; Dan. eg; Sw. egg; G. ecke, ege; L. acies, acus; Fr. aigu, whence aiguille, a needle; Gr. ακη; W. awç, awg, edge.]

  1. In a general sense, the extreme border or point of any thing; as, the edge of the table; the edge of a book; the edge of cloth. It coincides nearly with border, brink, margin. It is particularly applied to the sharp border, the thin cutting extremity of an instrument, as the edge of an ax, razor, knife or scythe; also, to the point of an instrument, as the edge of a sword.
  2. Figuratively, that which cuts or penetrates; that which wounds or injures; as, the edge of slander. Shak.
  3. A narrow part rising from a broader. Some harrow their ground over, and then plow it upon an edge. Mortimer.
  4. Sharpness of mind or appetite; keenness; intenseness or desire; fitness for action or operation; as, the edge of appetite or hunger. Silence and solitude set an edge on the genius. Dryden.
  5. Keenness; sharpness; acrimony. Abate the edge of traitors. Shak. To set the teeth on edge, to cause a tingling or grating sensation in the teeth. Bacon.

EDGE, v.i.

  1. To move sideways; to move gradually. Edge along this way.
  2. To sail close to the wind. Dryden. To edge away, in sailing, is to decline gradually from the shore, or from the line of the course. Mar. Dict. To edge in with, to draw near to, as a ship in chasing. Cyc.

EDGE, v.t. [W. hogi; Sax. eggian; Dan. egger.]

  1. To sharpen. To edge her champion's sword. Dryden.
  2. To furnish with an edge. A sword edged with flint. Dryden.
  3. To border; to fringe. A long descending train, / With rubies edged. Dryden.
  4. To border; to furnish with an ornamental border; as, to edge a flower-bed with box.
  5. To sharpen; to exasperate; to embitter. By such reasonings, the simple were blinded and the malicious edged. Hayward.
  6. To incite; to provoke; to urge on; to instigate; that is, to push on as with a sharp point; to goad. Ardor or passion will edge a man forward, when arguments fail. [This, by a strange mistake, has been sometimes written egg, from the Sax. eggian, Dan. egger, to incite; the writers not knowing that this verb is from the noun ecg, eg, an edge. The verb ought certainly to follow the noun, and the popular use is correct.]
  7. To move sideways; to move by little and little; as, edge your chair along.

EDG'ED, pp.

  1. Furnished with an edge or border.
  2. Incited; instigated.
  3. adj. Sharp; keen.


Not sharp; blunt; obtuse; unfit to cut or penetrate; as, an edgeless sword or weapon. Shak.


An instrument having a sharp edge. Moxon.

EDGE'WISE, adv. [edge and wise.]

  1. With the edge turned forward, or toward a particular point; in the direction of the edge.
  2. Sideways; with the side foremost.


  1. That which is added on the border, or which forms the edge; as lace, fringe, trimming, added to a garment for ornament. Bordered with a rosy edging. Dryden.
  2. A narrow lace.
  3. In gardening, a row of small plants set along the border of a flower-bed; as, an edging of box. Encyc.

EDG'ING, ppr.

  1. Giving an edge; furnishing with an edge.
  2. Inciting; urging on; goading; stimulating; instigating.
  3. Moving gradually or sideways.
  4. Furnishing with a border.