American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. Something shaped like a wedge: a wedge of pie.
- n. Downstate New York See submarine. See Regional Note at submarine.
- n. A wedge-shaped formation, as in ground warfare.
- n. Something that intrudes and causes division or disruption: His nomination drove a wedge into party unity.
- n. Something that forces an opening or a beginning: a wedge in the war on poverty.
- n. Meteorology See ridge.
- n. Sports An iron golf club with a very slanted face, used to lift the ball, as from sand.
- n. One of the triangular characters of cuneiform writing.
- v. To split or force apart with or as if with a wedge.
- v. To fix in place or tighten with a wedge.
- v. To crowd or squeeze into a limited space.
- v. To become lodged or jammed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geometry, a prismatoid whose lower base is a rectangle, and upper base a line (sect) parallel to a basal edge.
- n. In ancient oriental archæol., an arrow-headed character, the shape of which was produced by pressing one corner of a solid square wand or the like into soft clay.
- n. A playing-card so trimmed that one end is narrower than the other, so that when a certain part of the pack is turned round it can be withdrawn again at will, no matter how much the pack may be shuffled in the meantime.
- In forestry, to force by wedges (a tree that is being felled) to topple over.
- n. A simple machine consisting of a very acute-angled triaugular prism of hard material, which is driven in between objects to be separated, or into anything which is to be split. The wedge is merely a special application of an inclined plane, and is nowise entitled to a distinct place in the list of mechanical powers.
- n. A mass resembling a wedge in form; anything in the form of wedge.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a triangle with one very acute angle—that is, like a pile, but free in the escutcheon instead of being attached to one of its edges.
- n. In Cambridge University, the name given to the man whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos: said to be a designation suggested by the name (Wedgewood) of the man who occupied this place on the first list (1824). Compare wooden spoon, under spoon.
- To cleave with a wedge or with wedges; rive.
- To drive as a wedge is driven; crowd or compress closely; jam.
- To fasten with a wedge or with wedges; fix in the manner of a wedge: as, to wedge on a scythe; to wedge in a rail or a piece of timber.
- In ceramics, to cut, divide, and work together (a mass of wet clay) to drive out bubbles and render it plastic, just before placing it on the wheel.
- To make into the shape of a wedge; render cuneiform.
- To force apart or split off with or as with a wedge.
- To force one's way like a wedge.
- n. A pledge; a gage.
- n. 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).
- n. A piece (of food etc.) having this shape.
- n. archaic A flank of cavalry acting to split some portion of an opposing army, charging in an inverted V formation.
- n. golf A type of iron club used for short, high trajectories.
- n. A group of geese or swans when they are in flight in a V formation.
- n. in the plural Wedge-heeled shoes.
- n. colloquial, UK A quantity of money.
- n. typography, US = háček
- n. phonetics The IPA character <ʌ>, which denotes an open-mid back unrounded vowel.
- v. To support or secure using a wedge.
- v. To force into a narrow gap.
- v. To work wet clay by cutting or kneading for the purpose of homogenizing the mass and expelling air bubbles.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. (Geom.) A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
- n. A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form.
- n. Anything in the form of wedge, as a body of troops drawn up in such a form.
- n. Cant, Cambridge Univ., Eng. 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.
- 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.
- v. To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a wedge; to rive.
- v. To force or drive as a wedge is driven.
- v. To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does.
- v. To press closely; to fix, or make fast, in the manner of a wedge that is driven into something.
- v. To fasten with a wedge, or with wedges.
- v. (Pottery) To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc.
- n. a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate pronunciation
- n. something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them
- v. squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
- n. a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
- n. a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe
- n. 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
- v. put, fix, force, or implant
- n. any shape that is triangular in cross section
- n. (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole
- Middle English wegge ("wedge"), Old English wecg ("wedge") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English wegge, from Old English wecg. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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