Middle English Dictionary Entry

eǧǧe n.(2)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

The cutting edge of a tool or instrument.
(a) The sharp edge of a weapon; (b) brand ~, steles ~, swerde(s ~, (often Poet.); (c) the point of a spear.
(a) The edge or border (of a long or flat object); egge of the leg, the shin; (b) the rim (of a dish); (c) the margin or surface (of a wound).
(a) Boundary (of land); edge (of woods); periphery (of sky), skyline; (b) brink or edge (of a cliff), rim (of a valley); (c) crest (of a hill), ridge.
Mil. A body of soldiers, usually cavalry, protecting the front or the flanks of an army: advance guard, front line; outriders, flank guard, flank.
In phrase on egge, of teeth: affected by a sharp or stinging sensation; benumbed.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1400 Trin-C O.9.39 Recipes (Trin-C O.9.39) 14/35,36 : Þy slykstoon moste be avalyt on a grindstone on boþe sides byfore at þe egge of þe stoon, and whanne þu schalt slyke þy skyn þu most holde þe stok in þy hond, and with þe egge þat is avalid of þy stoon þu schalt slyke þy skyn.
  • Note: Additional quot., sense 1a.
  • a1400 Trin-C O.9.39 Recipes (Trin-C O.9.39) 10/18 : Sewe wel the egges .i. þe sides of þe skyn wel togedres with a gode dowble þreed.
  • Note: Additional quot., sense 2.(a).

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. edge.