\ˈlej \

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 \ adjective

Examples of ledge in a Sentence

birds perched on the ledge of a building a ledge on the side of the mountain

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Coe’s Instagram page was filled with pictures of the young man doing backflips off of boats and ledges. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Man who fell to his death was thrill-seeker who shared snaps of his adventures on social media," 7 July 2018 There aren’t any tables or chairs, either, just a small open kitchen surrounded by a bar and a shallow ledge on either wall. Christine Muhlke, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside the Raucous New Paris Restaurant, Déviant," 4 June 2018 When the ceremony concluded, people flooded to the mural to leave flowers, zig zagging up the walkway as flowers filled up available space on ledges and were threaded through railings. Corlyn Voorhees, OregonLive.com, "Portland marks MAX attack anniversary with ceremony, mural dedication," 26 May 2018 The trail passes ledges and overhangs, ending at a pool lapping at brutish cliffs. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 The table can be moved down onto a ledge to create a sleeping area. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stone farmhouse in Cedarburg has grown but kept its rustic vibe," 12 July 2018 On the 10th day, July 2, with little hope of discovering anything but bodies, a pair of British divers working to extend a network of guide ropes popped up near a narrow ledge. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 The seating outside is pretty much improvised, with fans perching on concrete ledges and rails. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando attractions kick up options for World Cup," 19 June 2018 Turns out the bird’s fresh kill was on a nearby ledge. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Window washers get a bird’s-eye view of Seattle," 16 Apr. 2018

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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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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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