ledge

noun \ ˈlej \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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
3 a :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

ledgy

play \ˈle-jē\ adjective

Examples of ledge in a Sentence

  1. birds perched on the ledge of a building

  2. a ledge on the side of the mountain

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Origin and Etymology of ledge

Middle English legge bar of a gate


LEDGE Defined for English Language Learners

ledge

noun

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

noun \ ˈlej \

Definition of ledge for Students

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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