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: Verb

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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 That option drove a wedge between DeSantis, unyielding in his position forbidding vaccine requirements, and cruise lines eager to expedite their resumption. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, 7 June 2021 Its dark wood interior feels like a bona fide Wisconsin supper club, those old-fashioned taverns that are ubiquitous in the Midwest, and the pot pies, shrimp cocktails and wedge salads on the tabletops really cement that impression. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021 The MacOS laptops are expected to be slightly thinner, and more angular 0 in keeping with the iPad Pro than the older wedge style of the current laptops. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Yet, like Asian Americans, Latinos also have been used as a political wedge group often pitted against Black and Indigenous people. BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2021 Spending on new entitlements always starts small and then becomes a huge budget wedge, squeezing out core federal government responsibilities including defense. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Get a burger, wedge fries and a 20-ounce drink for $9. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 This wedge and glass combination creates the perfect ice for sipping whiskey longer without it getting watered down. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2021 Marc Fisher's Adalyn espadrille wedge sandal is built with a leather upper, synthetic lining, and synthetic outsole. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Someone issues the invitation for each step forward, leveraging their privilege to wedge the door open just a little bit further. Shalini Govil-pai, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Heading into summer, residents of the New York metro area are finding ways to wedge water features into the tiniest spaces. Charles Passy, WSJ, 9 May 2021 At no point did Nickelodeon relegate the action to an afterthought, the way ESPN2 did Monday to wedge in an interview with Marvel star Anthony Mackie plugging Disney’s Marvel content. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, 4 May 2021 Some broke open their date to wedge a walnut or almond inside to cut the sweetness. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Truth is, the league and the union were overly, if not perniciously, ambitious from the start, trying to wedge a 56-game schedule into a 115-day window. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 The Spartans defeated conference behemoths Michigan, Illinois and Ohio State over the past three weeks to wedge their way into the bracket for the 23rd consecutive tournament. Star Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 Another approach is to wedge something that won't scratch the paint between the door and fender and then pull the release. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, 26 Feb. 2021 While this was happening, the suspect tried to wedge his car between the officer's Chevy Tahoe and a semi-truck. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, 16 Feb. 2021

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

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12 Jun 2021

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“Wedge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wedge. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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