ledge

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noun \ˈlej\

Definition of ledge

  1. 1 :  a raised or projecting edge or molding intended to protect or check a window ledge

  2. 2 :  an underwater ridge or reef especially near the shore

  3. 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. 4 :  lode, vein

ledgy

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Examples of ledge in a sentence

  1. birds perched on the ledge of a building

  2. a ledge on the side of the mountain

Origin and Etymology of ledge

Middle English legge bar of a gate


First Known Use: 1535


LEDGE Defined for English Language Learners

ledge

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noun \ˈlej\

Definition of ledge for English Language Learners

  • : a narrow, flat surface that sticks out from a wall

  • : a flat rock surface that sticks out from a cliff


LEDGE Defined for Kids

ledge

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noun \ˈlej\

Definition of ledge for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece projecting from a top or an edge like a shelf a window ledge

  2. 2 :  a flat surface that sticks out from a wall of rock



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