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1wedge

noun \ˈwej\

: a piece of wood, metal, etc., with one pointed end and one thicker end that is used to split something, to fit into a space, to separate two things stuck together, etc.

: something that is shaped like a triangle or wedge

: a golf club that is used for hitting short, high shots

Full Definition of WEDGE

1
:  a piece of a substance (as wood or iron) that tapers to a thin edge and is used for splitting wood and rocks, raising heavy bodies, or for tightening by being driven into something
2
a :  something (as a policy) causing a breach or separation
b :  something used to initiate an action or development
3
:  something wedge-shaped: as
a :  an array of troops or tanks in the form of a wedge
b :  the wedge-shaped stroke in cuneiform characters
c :  a shoe having a heel extending from the back of the shoe to the front of the shank and a tread formed by an extension of the sole
d :  an iron golf club with a broad low-angled face for maximum loft
4
:  a golf shot made with a wedge —called also wedge shot
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Examples of WEDGE

  1. He used a wedge to split the firewood.
  2. A wedge held the door open.
  3. The battalion formed a wedge and marched toward the enemy.

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Origin of WEDGE

Middle English wegge, from Old English wecg; akin to Old High German wecki wedge, Lithuanian vagis
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, rune, symbology

Rhymes with WEDGE

2wedge

verb

: to force (someone or something) into a very small or narrow space

: to use a wedge or similar object to keep (something, such as a door or window) in an open or closed position

wedgedwedg·ing

Full Definition of WEDGE

transitive verb
1
:  to fasten or tighten by driving in a wedge
2
a :  to force or press (something) into a narrow space :  cram
b :  to force (one's way) into or through
3
:  to separate or force apart with or as if with a wedge
intransitive verb
:  to become wedged

Examples of WEDGE

  1. She wedged her foot into the crack.
  2. The dog got wedged between the couch and the end table.
  3. I wedged myself into the car's back seat.
  4. She wedged the door open.

First Known Use of WEDGE

15th century

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WEDGE Defined for Kids

1wedge

noun \ˈwej\

Definition of WEDGE for Kids

1
:  a piece of wood or metal that tapers to a thin edge and is used for splitting logs or for tightening by being forced into a space
2
:  something with a triangular shape <a wedge of cake>

2wedge

verb
wedgedwedg·ing

Definition of WEDGE for Kids

1
:  to crowd or squeeze in <I wedged the car into a tight space.>
2
:  to fasten, tighten, or separate with a triangular piece of wood or metal
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