\ 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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Photographer: Matt Martin GQ's Best Stuff found the most sophisticated continental toothpastes to give your sink ledge some pizzazz. Nick Marino, GQ, "The Best European Toothpastes Will Give Your Teeth a Vacation," 15 June 2018 My hard fall off the ledge of leaning in forced me to reinvent my career. Katherine Goldstein, Vox, "I was a Sheryl Sandberg superfan. Then her “Lean In” advice failed me.," 6 Dec. 2018 An Orange County deputy talked a man off a ledge on Interstate 4 over the weekend, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deputy talks man off ledge on I-4 in Orange County," 18 June 2018 Feet hit the window ledge, then wrapped around and up onto the roof. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "'I believe!' There are a million reasons for Kevin Harvick's All-Star victory ritual | Charlotte Observer," 20 May 2018 Trails wind along the sides of the falls, with several overlooks among the rocky ledges. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "The Great Frozen Falls Of Falls Village," 7 Jan. 2018 On Saturday, the officers responded to several 911 calls about a woman and two children who were on the ledge of the second floor of a townhouse in Delray Beach. Catalina Ruiz Parra, miamiherald, "Woman and her two small children perch precariously on ledge, police bodycam shows | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 Officers located pieces of rock salt on the ledge outside the window. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Man threatened after telling woman she was pictured on his shirt: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 31 Jan. 2018 One late afternoon, as fall tipped into winter, a squirrel perched itself on the ledge just outside Kelly’s classroom window and caught the attention of a small boy with milk-chocolate skin and big, round eyes. Jeneen Interlandi, New York Times, "Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?," 9 Jan. 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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