What does ledge mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ledge, shelfnoun

    a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water


  1. ledgenoun

    A shelf on which articles may be laid; also, that which resembles such a shelf in form or use, as a projecting ridge or part, or a molding or edge in joinery.

  2. ledgenoun

    A shelf, ridge, or reef, of rocks.

  3. ledgenoun

    A layer or stratum.

  4. ledgenoun

    A lode; a limited mass of rock bearing valuable mineral.

  5. ledgenoun

    A piece of timber to support the deck, placed athwartship between beams.

  6. ledgenoun

    See lege.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ledgenoun

    Etymology: leggen, Dutch, to lie.

    The lowest ledge or row should be merely of stone, closely laid, without mortar: a general caution for all parts in building contiguous to board. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    The four parallel sticks rising above five inches higher than the handkerchief, served as ledges on each side. Gulliver.

    Beneath a ledge of rocks his fleet he hides,
    The bending brow above, a safe retreat provides. Dryden.


  1. ledge

    A ledge is a flat or nearly flat, narrow, horizontal surface projecting from a wall, cliff, or other vertical surface. It is often naturally occurring, such as in rock formations, but can also be a man-made architectural feature. In the context of architecture, it could also refer to a narrow flat surface formed by the top of a window or door frame.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ledgenoun

    a shelf on which articles may be laid; also, that which resembles such a shelf in form or use, as a projecting ridge or part, or a molding or edge in joinery

  2. Ledgenoun

    a shelf, ridge, or reef, of rocks

  3. Ledgenoun

    a layer or stratum

  4. Ledgenoun

    a lode; a limited mass of rock bearing valuable mineral

  5. Ledgenoun

    a piece of timber to support the deck, placed athwartship between beams

  6. Etymology: [Akin to AS. licgan to lie, Icel. liggja; cf. Icel. lgg the ledge or rim at the bottom of a cask. See Lie to be prostrate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ledge

    lej, n. a shelf on which articles may be laid: that which resembles such a shelf: a ridge or shelf of rocks: a layer: a small moulding: a lode in mining.—adj. Ledg′y, abounding in ledges. [Skeat explains as Scand., allied to Sw. lagg, Ice. lögg, Norw. logg (pl. legger); cf. also Norw. lega, a couch; all from Ice. liggja; Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, to lie.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ledge

    A compact line of rocks running parallel to the coast, and which is not unfrequent opposite sandy beaches. The north coast of Africa, between the Nile and the Lesser Syrtis, is replete with them.

Rap Dictionary

  1. ledgenoun

    Short for "knowLEDGE." In a puddle of blood, I lay close to the edge, I guess I didn't know the ledge -- Rakim (Juice (Know The Ledge))

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ledge in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ledge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of ledge in a Sentence

  1. Curtis Reissig Reissig:

    It was the firefighters, but it was God working through the firefighters. It was God working through Curtis to have the forethought of thinking it out and going to that next ledge . . . it wasn't just that traffic was OK that day. It wasn't just that all the lights were just right. He put all that in motion. i'm the one running away from the flames, and they're running toward it . . . to save people like me, or you know, people in bad places.

  2. Kate Bowman:

    I could barely see anything and I could barely hear anything, he stepped over the ledge to try to get to me, and he was washed away.

  3. Rana Abdelhamid:

    You can be attacked at any point. You can be pushed off ... of a subway ledge.

  4. Mary Ann Hopkins:

    A police officer who had been in trouble many times before pulled him off the ledge of the car, another officer comes around and says he saw an altercation to grab for the officer's gun and shot him in the chest.

  5. Ryan Murphy:

    They really kind of talked me off a ledge, and I was very struck by what great people they were and how strong they were and from that moment on I was like ‘I’m really sort of interested in the inner lives of these people.’ he was born with something that we did not know about… If they hadn’t showed up I think my son would have died.

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Translations for ledge

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  • حافةArabic
  • impostaCatalan, Valencian
  • Ader, Regalbrett, Schenkel, Band, Gesims, Rücken, Sturz, Vorsprung, Überhang, Felsband, Felsplatt, Platte, Felsvorsprung, Sims, Stufe, Leiste, Kante, Schicht, LageGerman
  • repisaSpanish
  • kerros, kieleke, mineraalisuoni, hylly, kallionkielekeFinnish
  • linteau, cornicheFrench
  • oirScottish Gaelic
  • mensola, filone, cengia, scaffale, ripiano, stralpo, stratoItalian
  • ader, ertslaagDutch
  • prateleira, borda, camadaPortuguese
  • полка, шельф, выступ, уступ, край, слой, залежь, пластRussian
  • தொங்குபாறைTamil

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