\ 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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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

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Nicholas Castellanos said, and then took a seat on a ledge. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Why Riley Greene's BP show had Miguel Cabrera yelling: 'Leave him here!'," 7 June 2019 Let’s step back from the ledge for a second and talk about science and technology. Sean Illing, Vox, "Cosmologist Martin Rees gives humanity a 50-50 chance of surviving the 21st century," 18 Oct. 2018 Police stood on the ground, on the ledge and inside the house. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Police officers rescue children from roof," 24 May 2018 Harrer and his party, hauling knapsacks, hardware and ropes, scaled the sheer precipice over four days—eating, sleeping, brewing coffee on ledges so narrow in... Susan Froderberg, WSJ, "Five Best: Susan Froderberg on Extraordinary Mountain Ascents," 8 Mar. 2019 The groom is usually dressed but the bride usually dresses on the ledge. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "New Hampshire wedding photographers capture couples at stunning heights," 18 Aug. 2018 White Perch – fair using worm on humps and ledges in 8 to 11 feet of water. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Nineteen-pound channel cat caught at Wyandotte," 6 June 2018 Another woman stands on a ledge, on the verge of endangering her life or of saving it. Teju Cole, New York Times, "Evoking What Can’t Be Seen," 15 Feb. 2018 Mohonk is a 149-year-old castle (and National Historic Landmark to boot) on the southern ledge of the Shawangunk mountains, overlooking glacial Lake Mohonk. Lily Kupets, Vogue, "A Winter Weekend Destination You’ve Likely Overlooked: New Paltz, New York," 28 Dec. 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


\ 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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