Meaning of wire edge in English:

wire edge

noun

North American
  • 1A fine strip of metal produced on the edge of the blade of a knife or cutting tool by grinding or honing, which must be removed before the tool can be used.

  • 2Figurative and in figurative contexts. Chiefly in "to wear (also take) the wire edge off".

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Abel Boyer (?1667–1729), lexicographer and journalist. From wire + edge.

Pronunciation

wire edge

/ˌwʌɪər ˈɛdʒ/