\ ˈlej How to pronounce ledge (audio) \

Definition of ledge

1 : a raised or projecting edge or molding intended to protect or check a window ledge
2 : an underwater ridge or reef especially near the shore
3a : a narrow flat surface or shelf especially : one that projects from a wall of rock We rappelled down the cliff and reached the ledge.
b : rock that is solid or continuous enough to form ledges : bedrock the field was full of ledge
4 : lode, vein

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ledgy \ ˈle-​jē How to pronounce ledgy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ledge in a Sentence

birds perched on the ledge of a building a ledge on the side of the mountain
Recent Examples on the Web Nick Shephard shouted at a distressed man who appeared on the video screen, holding a baby close to a freeway's ledge. NBC News, "A Florida sheriff adopted Scottish police training. Now his deputies use force less often.," 23 June 2020 After the car came to a stop, Mr. Wallace climbed out, sat on the window ledge and sobbed. Jenna Fryer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why racers are standing behind NASCAR's only Black driver," 23 June 2020 After the car came to a stop, Wallace climbed out, sat on the window ledge and sobbed. Jenna Fryer, Houston Chronicle, "NASCAR rallies around Bubba Wallace as FBI investigates noose," 22 June 2020 In the spring of 2019 Namgyal saw the old male mating with a female on a high ledge. Peter Gwin, National Geographic, "Himalaya ‘ghost cats’ are finally coming into view," 16 June 2020 The victim was reaching either onto a ledge while climbing or under a rock. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "Don’t Get Bit: Ultimate Snake Survival Guide," 23 July 2014 His phone and a heavy tumbler of Scotch on the porcelain ledge, the Scotch not exactly condoned by his doctors. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "White Noise," 1 June 2020 Jacobson said the pair might not have evened out the length of the 264-foot rope between them, to ensure each had the same amount, because Gobright’s end was apparently tangled in bushes near a ledge below them. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 1 Dec. 2019 One of the unlucky migrants had squeezed under a ledge. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of ledge

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ledge

Middle English legge bar of a gate

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The first known use of ledge was in 1535

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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ledge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ledge. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ledge

: a narrow, flat surface that sticks out from a wall
: a flat rock surface that sticks out from a cliff


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Kids Definition of ledge

1 : a piece projecting from a top or an edge like a shelf a window ledge
2 : a flat surface that sticks out from a wall of rock

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