Definitions for: Wedge


[n] a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
[n] something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them
[n] (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole
[n] a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe
[n] a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as c) to indicate pronunciation
[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
[n] any shape that is triangular in cross section
[v] squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; "I squeezed myself into the corner"
[v] fix, force, or implant; "lodge a bullet in the table"



Webster (1913) Definition: Wedge, n. [OE. wegge, AS. wecg; akin to D. wig, wigge,
OHG. wecki, G. weck a (wedge-shaped) loaf, Icel. veggr, Dan.
v[ae]gge, Sw. vigg, and probably to Lith. vagis a peg. Cf.
Wigg.]
1. 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. (Geom.) A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base,
two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge,
and two triangular ends.

3. A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form.
``Wedges of gold.'' --Shak.

4. Anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn
up in such a form.

In warlike muster they appear, In rhombs, and
wedges, and half-moons, and wings. --Milton.

5. 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.
[Cant, Cambridge Univ., Eng.] --C. A. Bristed.

Fox wedge. (Mach. & Carpentry) See under Fox.

Spherical wedge (Geom.), the portion of a sphere included
between two planes which intersect in a diameter.


Wedge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wedged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Wedging.]
1. To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a
wedge; to rive. ``My heart, as wedged with a sigh, would
rive in twain.'' --Shak.

2. To force or drive as a wedge is driven.

Among the crowd in the abbey where a finger Could
not be wedged in more. --Shak.

He 's just the sort of man to wedge himself into a
snug berth. --Mrs. J. H.
Ewing.

3. To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to
wedge one's way. --Milton.

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

Wedged in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast.
--Dryden.

5. 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.

6. (Pottery) To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work
by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc.
--Tomlinson.

Synonyms: bomber, chock, Cuban sandwich, cuneus, deposit, force, grinder, hacek, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, Italian sandwich, lodge, poor boy, squeeze, stick, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge heel, wedge shape, zep

Antonyms: dislodge, free

See Also: ax head, axe head, block, coign, coigne, colter, compact, compress, coulter, diacritic, diacritical mark, displace, extend, fasten, fix, heel, impact, inclined plane, iron, jut, jut out, moldboard, mouldboard, move, pack together, pitching wedge, ploughshare, plowshare, poke out, project, protrude, quoin, reach out, redeposit, sand wedge, sandwich, secure, share, shim, sprag, stick out, triangle, trigon, trilateral, wedgie

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