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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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Other Words from ledge

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 Brown Tweeted out Wednesday morning that her goal was to talk her family and friends off the ledge after uncertain election results. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "How LeBron, Halle Berry & other Ohio celebrities are handling the election results," 4 Nov. 2020 Once the spot started airing, calls came in from the usual suspects who made noise whenever MTV stepped out onto the cultural ledge, such as the Catholic League and conservative Republican politicians. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "In 1990, Rock the Vote and Madonna shook up politics. Will the youth vote do the same in 2020?," 28 Oct. 2020 With water flowing over that wide sandstone ledge at a rate as high as 50,000 gallons per second, it's been called Michigan’s Niagara. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan's biggest, is worth a detour in the U.P.," 22 Oct. 2020 Deputies believe Brashears hiked around a corner from the last place he was seen and tried climbing another ledge or two before falling from the edge. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, "Hiker's body found after appearing to have fallen into Boynton Canyon near Sedona," 13 Oct. 2020 But the emphasis of style over logic might drive them out onto the intellectual ledge. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Devils’ Review: High Drama From High Finance," 5 Oct. 2020 Walking up towards some red-rock overhangs, John Mittler and his wife Elaine Daniel, both retired, spotted two tortoises nestled up under a rock ledge in the company of a Great Basin rattlesnake. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Biologists survey wildfire destruction on Utah tortoise habitat," 6 Sep. 2020 Among its deluxe features are a window with a roll-up window shade, wainscoting, wallpaper, carpet flooring, solar lighting, a cedar shake roof and an outside ledge that accommodates two dog bowls. Donald Liebenson, chicagotribune.com, "Highwood Design Week ends with auction of luxe, ‘paradise’ dog house that fetches $900," 2 Oct. 2020 The concrete ledge where the man is standing appears to be splattered with blood. Vanessa Arredondo, SFChronicle.com, "Police negotiators talk distressed man off Bay Bridge ledge," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ledge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ledge. Accessed 25 Nov. 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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