wedge

1 of 2

noun

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
2
a
: 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

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wedge

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verb

wedged; wedging

transitive verb

1
: to fasten or tighten by driving in a wedge
2
a
: 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Other companies have been making pickup trucks for well more than a century and there are reasons they’re not usually shaped like wedges. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 23 Feb. 2024 Customers can combine meats like lobster and steak for a surf-and-turf burrito, get fresh-cut potato wedges coated in a spicy seasoning blend or add a sweet potato bar for dessert. Danielle Dorsey, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 Cantlay found a fairway bunker to the right off the tee, blasted out to wedge range and his shot to a front pin came off the green. Doug Ferguson, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2024 Cut your red or green cabbage into wedges and spray with cooking spray. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2024 Let cool slightly on paper towels before serving with lime wedges, green tomato salsa and romesco sauce (see recipes). Nina Lincoff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Ladle into bowls and top with bean sprouts, green onions, basil and/or cilantro, jalapeno and a lime wedge. Kathleen Purvis, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Evenly distribute dressing, steak slices, bell pepper strips, peanuts and herbs over prepared salad wedges. Mary G. Pepitone, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 Runners and bussers carry out the intricate footwork of service: bending down to adjust a fish knife, raising a silver cloche, ironing a crease out of a starchy white tablecloth, holding a silver ladle high in the air as a blue trickle of flaming rum pours down on a wedge of sticky toffee pudding. Pete Wells, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024
Verb
Krogstad found the gold ring with a blue star sapphire wedged in a crevice on Grytoya Island more than 20 years after the helicopter crash. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024 Wires were shredded across the 19-foot hull, and up to 52 people could be wedged into the submarine, which had plenty of length but not much width. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 9 Nov. 2023 The mummy on the patio Specifically, wedged in the corner of the back Common Market patio in Plaza Midwood. Katie Toussaint, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Police would later find the fetus wedged in the pipes. Julie Carr Smyth The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 17 Dec. 2023 Then use extra clothes or rags to act as protective cushioning if your case didn’t come with any or cut up cardboard to wedge in the gaps. Alisha McDarris, Popular Science, 13 Dec. 2023 The location of See Canyon, wedged in mountainous terrain 4 miles from the coast, creates ideal conditions for growing apples and other fruit. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2023 On Sunday, people scoured dense thickets wedged between busy roads and a light rail train station. Claire Rush, Fortune, 8 Jan. 2024 The Gaza Strip refers to a narrow strip of land wedged between Israel and Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea. Yasmine Salam, NBC News, 9 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of wedge was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wedge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wedge. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

wedge

1 of 2 noun
1
: a piece of wood or metal with a pointed edge used especially to split wood or rocks and to lift heavy weights
2
: something (as a piece of pie or land) shaped like a triangle
3
a
: something (as a policy or action) that causes a separation or break
the decision drove a wedge between them
b
: something that serves to open the way for an action or development

wedge

2 of 2 verb
wedged; wedging
1
: to fasten or tighten by or as if by driving in a wedge
2
a
: to press or force into a narrow space
wedged a stick into the crack
b
: to force (one's way) into or through
wedged his way into the crowd
3
: to separate or force apart with or as if with a wedge

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