from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the thin, wirelike thread of metal sometimes formed on the edge of a tool by the stone in sharpening it.


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  • In coinmaking, the thin, knifelike projection on some rims, created when metal flows between the collar and the dies. Also called wire rim or knife edge.

    This term is also a nickname for the U.S. Wire Edge Indian Head eagle of 1907.

    April 21, 2008