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noun \ˈwej\

Simple Definition of wedge

  • : 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. 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. 2 a :  something (as a policy) causing a breach or separation b :  something used to initiate an action or development

  3. 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. 4 :  a golf shot made with a wedge —called also wedge shot

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

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Simple Definition of wedge

  • : 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

Full Definition of wedge


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fasten or tighten by driving in a wedge

  3. 2 a :  to force or press (something) into a narrow space :  cram b :  to force (one's way) into or through

  4. 3 :  to separate or force apart with or as if with a wedge

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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.

15th Century

First Known Use of wedge

15th century

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February 6, 2016

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