wedge

noun
\ ˈwej How to pronounce wedge (audio) \

Definition of wedge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of a substance (such as wood or iron) that tapers to a thin edge and is used for splitting wood and rocks, raising heavy bodies, or for tightening by being driven into something
2a : something (such as a policy) causing a breach or separation
b : something used to initiate an action or development
3 : something wedge-shaped: such as
a : an array of troops or tanks in the form of a wedge
b : the wedge-shaped stroke in cuneiform characters
c : a shoe having a heel extending from the back of the shoe to the front of the shank and a tread formed by an extension of the sole
d : an iron golf club with a broad low-angled face for maximum loft
4 : a golf shot made with a wedge

called also wedge shot

wedge

verb
wedged; wedging

Definition of wedge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to fasten or tighten by driving in a wedge
2a : to force or press (something) into a narrow space : cram
b : to force (one's way) into or through
3 : to separate or force apart with or as if with a wedge

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Noun

W wedge 1

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Synonyms for wedge

Synonyms: Verb

cram, crowd, crush, jam, ram, sandwich, shoehorn, squeeze, stuff

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Examples of wedge in a Sentence

Noun

He used a wedge to split the firewood. A wedge held the door open. The battalion formed a wedge and marched toward the enemy.

Verb

She wedged her foot into the crack. The dog got wedged between the couch and the end table. I wedged myself into the car's back seat. She wedged the door open.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cut tomatoes and peaches into wedges and arrange on platter. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Tomato, Peach, and Basil Salad," 1 July 2019 Cut it into wedges or scoop it into bowls and serve with more Parmesan. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "The Saturday Cook: Cherry tomatoes star in a savory custard for a post-farmers market brunch," 15 June 2019 Serve warm or at room temperature, cut into wedges. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Tex-Mex Tomato Pie," 12 June 2019 Cut 2 blood oranges and 1 red grapefruit into segments and 1 red pear into wedges and divide among plates. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Red Citrus Salad with Berries, Pears and Pomegranates," 9 Jan. 2019 Cut lemons into different wedges and see who can eat the most without giving up. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel potatoes, cut each in half lengthwise, and cut each half into 6 wedges. Country Living, "Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries," 1 Jan. 2015 In golf, that belief took years to percolate, but remember the clubs on those tremendous shots: 3-wood, wedge, putter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woodland’s U.S. Open victory is all about the shot making," 16 June 2019 Her hostile presence drives a wedge between Mother and Daughter. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "I Am Mother envisions a dark future world where AI is almost human," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This sandbar wedged between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay was a hard sell, with narrow lots going for as little as $450. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mission Beach: Small lots, big roller coaster," 27 June 2019 The food is all made in a very limited kitchen (it's wedged in between the bar and the front window), so this isn't full-scale restaurant cooking. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Ripple Wine Bar in Covington has great wine list, small plates," 25 June 2019 But moments apart, Woodland wedged his second shot to within two feet of the hole to make par while Koepka's 9-foot birdie putt on No. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Gary Woodland holds off Brooks Koepka to win US Open," 17 June 2019 Now, whatever GameStop determines will remain of the brand will get wedged amongst the shelves loaded down with Funko Pops, action figures, and racks of video games. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "ThinkGeek.com is shutting down and that’s a damn shame," 14 June 2019 Like many other farms, the couple is wedged somewhere in the county’s permitting process. Shomik Mukherjee, The Mercury News, "Humboldt County threatened cannabis fines. They were growing peaches and tomatoes.," 23 June 2019 The lot where the skull was found in wedged between a neighborhood of trailer homes and the Whispering Pines Landfill. Nicole Hensley, Houston Chronicle, "Dog finds human skull in northwest Houston wooded lot," 13 June 2019 Aside from regular shrinking, Quinn said asphalt suffers the most damage when water seeps into cracks and cold temperatures cause the water to freeze and expand, creating a wedging effect. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Summer projects at Mundelein High School to address parking lot, drainage issues," 7 June 2019 Homes are being wedged into spots that once might have served as a few parking spaces. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "What’s 8 Feet Wide and Has an Elevator? Manhattan’s Tiniest Fancy Townhouses," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of wedge

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for wedge

Noun

Middle English wegge, from Old English wecg; akin to Old High German wecki wedge, Lithuanian vagis

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wedge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wedge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of wood, metal, etc., with one pointed end and one thicker end that is used to split something, to fit into a space, to separate two things stuck together, etc.
: something that is shaped like a triangle or wedge
: a golf club that is used for hitting short, high shots

wedge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wedge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to force (someone or something) into a very small or narrow space
: to use a wedge or similar object to keep (something, such as a door or window) in an open or closed position

wedge

noun
\ ˈwej How to pronounce wedge (audio) \

Kids Definition of wedge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of wood or metal that tapers to a thin edge and is used for splitting logs or for tightening by being forced into a space
2 : something with a triangular shape a wedge of cake

wedge

verb
wedged; wedging

Kids Definition of wedge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to crowd or squeeze in I wedged the car into a tight space.
2 : to fasten, tighten, or separate with a triangular piece of wood or metal

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