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

Just about everyone appreciates lemon and lime wedges. Kara Elder, Washington Post, "There’s a world of cured fish beyond lox. Here’s what to try and how to make it.," 2 Aug. 2019 The islands may be just the wedge Moscow needs to further splinter the United States' most important security relationship in Asia, and distract Washington from other parts of the world currently higher on Russia's agenda. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Why Russia and China are wading into a centuries' old dispute over a tiny island cluster," 26 July 2019 Bullock dressed in a classic, flowy black dress and styled it with wavy hair, dark sunglasses, a black clutch and wedges. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Sandra Bullock Rocks a Little Black Dress for Rare Dinner Out with Her Boyfriend as She Turns 55," 26 July 2019 Here, 152 could be a little bump-and-run pitching wedge. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Five Reasons Why the Open Is Golf's Most Charming Tournament," 17 July 2019 Here, 152 could be a little bump-and-run pitching wedge. Chuck Culpepper, courant.com, "Tiger Woods is still getting over the Masters, 93 days later," 16 July 2019 Gun politics are a wedge between Democrats and voters in regions the party needs to win to regain the White House and congressional majorities. Laura Krantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Youth activists push gun control to forefront of 2020 campaign," 13 July 2019 Flop shots burning the grass? Must be the damned wedge. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: When it is time to say goodbye to your putter," 9 June 2019 In fact, the library is a wedge, similar to New York’s famous Flatiron Building, whose shape responds to the angles of the complex intersection. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "The history in pictures of West Philadelphia's forgotten 'Flatiron building' | Inga Saffron," 20 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the new Christmas musical, fans can expect to see elves and Santa's North Pole come to life through song and dance, with more than a few laughs wedged in throughout. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The Elf on The Shelf: A Christmas Musical Is Hitting the Stage All Around the Country This Year," 26 July 2019 The sharp objects were so prevalent that one woman reported getting pricked by a hypodermic needle wedged in a seat cushion. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Needles on wane in BART trains and stations, another sign of fentanyl’s rise," 7 July 2019 In an interview wedged in the middle of a busy day during the conference here, Dr. Glover, dressed in a pink suit and accompanied by an entourage, pointed out that, as a nonprofit, the sorority avoids involvement in partisan politics. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, "Riding the Post-Debate Buzz With Kamala Harris’s Sorority Sisters," 1 July 2019 Firefighters upon arrival found a vehicle wedged in the front of Metro PCS. nola.com, "New Orleans firefighters battle 2-alarm blaze at Gert Town strip mall," 9 June 2019 Her family’s farmhouse was just a stone’s throw away from the demining camps and was once wedged in between the army and the guerrillas’ encampments. Megan Janetsky, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Women Who Detonate Land Mines in Colombia’s Former War Zones," 24 Apr. 2019 Both skulls were found in a block of breccia, or broken fragments of rock and fossil cemented together, wedged high between the walls of the Apidima Cave in southern Greece. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "210,000-year-old human skull in Greece is the oldest found outside Africa," 10 July 2019 But perennial runner-up AT&T had to make room at the top for California transplant McKesson Corp., which wedged its way between the giants to claim the No. 2 spot. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Who's the next to join Dallas-Fort Worth's billion-dollar-a-year club?," 7 July 2019 Duncan mused solemnly, wedged on the nearby Sea Kindly between Webber and her husband of 50 years, Ken. Alison Kuznitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Anchored on the Charles, awaiting the big show," 3 July 2019

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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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