What does wedge mean?

Definitions for wedgewɛdʒ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wedge.

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"


  1. Wedge(n.)

    (Golf) A golf club having an iron head with the face nearly horizontal, used for lofting the golf ball at a high angle, as when hitting the ball out of a sand trap or the rough.

  2. Origin: [OE. wegge, AS. wecg; akin to D. wig, wigge, OHG. wecki, G. weck a (wedge-shaped) loaf, Icel. veggr, Dan. vgge, Sw. vigg, and probably to Lith. vagis a peg. Cf. Wigg.]


  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

  12. Origin: [OE. wegge, AS. wecg; akin to D. wig, wigge, OHG. wecki, G. weck a (wedge-shaped) loaf, Icel. veggr, Dan. vgge, Sw. vigg, and probably to Lith. vagis a peg. Cf. Wigg.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wedge

    wej, n. a piece of wood or metal, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting: anything shaped like a wedge: a mass of metal: at Cambridge, the man lowest on the list of the classical tripos.—v.t. to cleave with a wedge: to force or drive with a wedge: to press closely: to fasten with a wedge: to make into a wedge.—v.i. to force one's way like a wedge.—adjs. Wedged, cuneiform or wedge-shaped; Wedge′-shaped, having the shape of a wedge; Wedge′-tailed, having the tail wedge-shaped or cuneate.—adv. Wedge′wise, in the manner of a wedge.—n. Wedg′ing, a method of joining timbers.—Wedge of least resistance, the form in which a substance yields to pressure.—The thin, or small, end of the wedge, the insignificant-looking beginning of a principle or practice which will yet lead to something great and important. [A.S. wecg; Ice. veggr, Ger. weck, a wedge; prob. from the root of weigh.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wedge in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wedge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jerry Govan:

    This takes away a wedge issue that's been used for many years.

  2. Manish Sabharwal:

    This is the thin end of a very thick wedge - it may be the true coming of a federal nation.

  3. Norman Douglas:

    One can always trust to time. Insert a wedge of time and nearly everything straightens itself out.

  4. Ed Mooney:

    They think that this is going to be used as a wedge to break this strike. I assure you it will not.

  5. Jeremy Ben-Ami:

    Perhaps the biggest mistake the prime minister has made is allowing his speech to be the wedge that has driven that argument more public.

Images & Illustrations of wedge

  1. wedgewedgewedge

Translations for wedge

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for wedge »


Find a translation for the wedge definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these wedge definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"wedge." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 22 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/wedge>.

Are we missing a good definition for wedge? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for wedge:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.