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Definitions of wedge

  1. 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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. any shape that is triangular in cross section Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as c) to indicate pronunciation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. fix, force, or implant; "lodge a bullet in the table" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; "I squeezed myself into the corner" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn up in such a form. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a wedge; to rive. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To force or drive as a wedge is driven. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to wedge one's way. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To press closely; to fix, or make fast, in the manner of a wedge that is driven into something. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A place of wood or metal, thick at one end and thin at the other, used for splitting wood, rocks, etc.; anything o a similar shape. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. To cleave or drive with a wedge; press in closely. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. A solid body having the shape of an acute-angled triangular prism. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  24. A piece of wood or metal, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting: a mass of metal. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. To cleave with a wedge: to force or drive with a wedge: to press closely: to fasten with a wedge. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. Piece of wood, metal, &c., sloping to an edge; ingot. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. To force or fasten with a wedge; press closely. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. To act upon by a wedge; split; fasten. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. A V - shaped piece, as for splitting or for fastening. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. A piece of metal or wood, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting woods, rocks, &c, being one of the mechanical powers; a solid of five sides, viz., a rectangular base, two rhomboidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends; something in the form of a wedge; a mass of metal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. To cleave with a wedge; to drive as a wedge is driven; to crowd or compress closely; to force, as a wedge forces its way; to fasten with a wedge or wedges; to fix in the manner of a wedge. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. A four-sided piece of metal or wood, thick at one end and tapering to a thin flat edge at the other, used for rending asunder, for compressing, or for raising; one of the mechanical powers; a small bar, as a wedge of gold. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. To drive, as a wedge; to compress closely; to force, as a wedge forces its way; to fasten with wedges. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  35. 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. dictgcide_fs
  36. 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. dictgcide_fs
  37. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  38. Piece of wood or metal of which one end is an acute-angled edge formed by two converging planes used to split wood or rock or widen opening or exert force in various ways, one of the MECHANICAL powers (or a special application of the INCLINE d plane), (thin end of the w., change, measure, action, &c., that will lead to further changes or developments& is therefore of more importance than it seems); anything resembling a w. in being chiefly outlined by two radial planes or lines converging at acute angle (a w. of cake &c.; the seats are disposed in ww.; drew up his men in a w.); w.-shaped, like solid w., also V-shaped; w.-tailed, of birds having middle tail-feathers longest; hence wedgewise adv. (Vb) split with w. (rare); fasten by use of w.; thrust or pack (usu. in) tightly between other things or persons; push off or away like a w. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  39. A solid block two of the opposite sides of which slope to a narrow edge. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  40. A piece of soft rubber or strands of silk to be inserted between two teeth to force them apart. [Old Eng.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  41. [A.S.] A triangular prism of iron or other material, two of whose faces are inclined at a small angle, capable, when driven by a succession of blows, of separating two masses that are held together by great forces ; its action depending mainly on impact and friction, i.e. the impact drives the wedge forward, the friction prevents its return. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  42. [A.S.] A triangular prism. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy

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