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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wedgewɛdʒ(n.; v.)wedged, wedg•ing.

  1. (n.)a piece of hard material with two principal faces meeting in a sharply acute angle, for raising, holding, or splitting objects by applying a pounding or driving force.

    Ref: Compare machine (def. 2b). 3 2

  2. a piece of anything of like shape:

    a wedge of pie.

  3. a cuneiform character or stroke of this shape.

  4. something that serves to part, split, divide, etc.:

    The quarrel drove a wedge between them.

  5. an iron-headed golf club with a nearly horizontal face, used for lofting the ball.

    Category: Sport

  6. a wedge heel or shoe with such a heel.

    Category: Clothing

  7. aV-shaped formation of infantry or cavalry, with the point directed toward the enemy.

    Category: Military

  8. Category:

    Ref: flying wedge.

  9. Chiefly Coastal Connecticut and Rhode Island. a hero sandwich.

    Category: Dialect

  10. (v.t.)to separate or split with or as if with a wedge (often fol. by open, apart, etc.).

  11. to insert or fix with a wedge.

  12. to pack or fix tightly; stuff.

  13. to thrust, drive, fix, etc., like a wedge.

  14. (v.i.)to force a way like a wedge (usu. fol. by in, into, through, etc.).

Origin of wedge:

bef. 900; ME wegge (n.), OE wecg, c. OS weggi, OHG wecki, ON veggr

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wedge, wedge shape, cuneus(noun)

    any shape that is triangular in cross section

  2. bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge, zep(noun)

    a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States

  3. hacek, wedge(noun)

    a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate pronunciation

  4. wedge heel, wedge(noun)

    a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe

  5. wedge(noun)

    (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole

  6. wedge(noun)

    something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them

  7. chock, wedge(verb)

    a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object

  8. lodge, wedge, stick, deposit(verb)

    put, fix, force, or implant

    "lodge a bullet in the table"; "stick your thumb in the crack"

  9. wedge, squeeze, force(verb)

    squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

    "I squeezed myself into the corner"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wedge(noun)ɛdʒ

    a piece of hard material that is narrow at one end and wide at the other

    a wedge under the door to keep it open

  2. wedgeɛdʒ

    sth shaped like a wedge

    a lemon wedge

  3. wedge(verb)ɛdʒ

    to push into a small space

    The car was wedged between the fence and the pole.


  1. wedge(Noun)

    One of the simple machines; a piece of material, such as metal or wood, thick at one edge and tapered to a thin edge at the other for insertion in a narrow crevice, used for splitting, tightening, securing, or levering (Wikipedia article).

    Stick a wedge under the door, will you, it keeps blowing shut.

  2. wedge(Noun)

    A piece (of food etc.) having this shape.

    Can you cut me a wedge of cheese?

  3. wedge(Noun)


  4. wedge(Noun)

    A flank of cavalry acting to split some portion of an opposing army, charging in an inverted V formation.

  5. wedge(Noun)

    A type of iron club used for short, high trajectories.

  6. wedge(Noun)

    A group of geese or swans when they are in flight in a V formation.

  7. wedge(Noun)

    Wedge-heeled shoes.

  8. wedge(Noun)

    A quantity of money.

    I made a big fat wedge from that job.

  9. wedge(Noun)

    = hu00E1u010Dek

  10. Origin: wegge, wecg

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wedge(noun)

    a piece of metal, or other hard material, thick at one end, and tapering to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks, etc., in raising heavy bodies, and the like. It is one of the six elementary machines called the mechanical powers. See Illust. of Mechanical powers, under Mechanical

  2. Wedge(noun)

    a solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends

  3. Wedge(noun)

    a mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form

  4. Wedge(noun)

    anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn up in such a form

  5. Wedge(noun)

    the person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos; -- so called after a person (Wedgewood) who occupied this position on the first list of 1828

  6. Wedge(verb)

    to cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a wedge; to rive

  7. Wedge(verb)

    to force or drive as a wedge is driven

  8. Wedge(verb)

    to force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to wedge one's way

  9. Wedge(verb)

    to press closely; to fix, or make fast, in the manner of a wedge that is driven into something

  10. Wedge(verb)

    to fasten with a wedge, or with wedges; as, to wedge a scythe on the snath; to wedge a rail or a piece of timber in its place

  11. Wedge(verb)

    to cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc


  1. Wedge

    A wedge is a triangular shaped tool, a compound and portable inclined plane of a wedge is given by the ratio of the length of its slope to its width. Although a short wedge with a wide angle may do a job faster, it requires more force than a long wedge with a narrow angle. Perhaps the first example of a wedge is the hand axe, also see biface and Olorgesailie. A hand axe is made by chipping stone, generally flint, to form a bifacial edge, or wedge. A wedge is a simple machine that transforms lateral force and movement of the tool into a transverse splitting force and movement of the workpiece. The available power is limited by the effort of the person using the tool, but because power is the product of force and movement, the wedge amplifies the force by reducing the movement. This amplification, or mechanical advantage is the ratio of the input speed to output speed. For a wedge this is given by 1 The faces of a wedge are modeled as straight lines to form a sliding or prismatic joint. The origin of the wedge is not known. In ancient Egypt bronze wedges were used to break away blocks of stone used in construction. Wooden wedges that swelled after being saturated with water, were also used. Some indigenous peoples of the Americas used antler wedges for splitting and working wood to make canoes, dwellings and other objects.

Translations for wedge

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a piece of wood or metal, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood etc or in fixing something tightly in place

She used a wedge under the door to prevent it swinging shut.

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