\ 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

Other Words from ledge

ledgy \ ˈle-​jē How to pronounce ledge (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 Christian Hall stands on a ledge on a highway overpass on Dec. 30, 2020. NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021 Crenshawn isn’t pleased, but Issa manages to talk him down off the ledge. Cate Young, Vulture, 31 Oct. 2021 In a graveyard-ish midtown Manhattan marked by shrines decorated with neckties, as well as a helicopter perched precariously on the ledge of a skyscraper, a monkey enters a cab and plays with a hula girl dashboard ornament. Nick Schager, EW.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Teetering on a ledge as a crowd materialized behind him, Mark Henick felt the damp metal of the bridge railing pressing into his back and adjusted his footing slightly. Caroline Tien, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Nov. 2021 The bird sits on the ledge for a while, then flies away. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, 7 Oct. 2021 Small tendons in the fingers must be strengthened and thickened over the course of years, all the better to dangle from a narrow ledge. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Joseph Minehan has had his own close calls on the job: once climbing a rickety fire escape and shimmying across a narrow ledge with three other firefighters to reach occupants of a Brighton apartment building engulfed in flames. BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2021 Others need more - help reading putts or pulling clubs or being talked off a ledge. Eamon Lynch, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021

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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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22 Nov 2021

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“Ledge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ledge. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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


\ ˈlej How to pronounce ledge (audio) \

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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