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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

WEDGE, n. [This word signifies a mass, a lump.]
1. A mass of metal; as a wedge of gold or silver. Josh 7.
2. A piece of metal, particularly iron, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks, etc. This is one of the five mechanical powers. A like piece of wood is by some persons called a wedge, or a glut.
3. Something in the form of a wedge. Sometimes bodies of troops are drawn up in the form of a wedge.
WEDGE, v.t.
1. To cleave with a wedge; to rive. [Little used.]
2. To drive as a wedge is drive; to crowd or compress closely. We were wedged in by the crowd.
3. To force, as a wedge forces its way; as, to wedge ones way.
4. To fasten with a wedge or with wedges; as, to wedge on a sythe; to wedge in a rail or a piece of timber.
5. To fix in the manner of a wedge.
Wedgd in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: any shape that is triangular in cross section [syn: wedge, wedge shape, cuneus]
2: 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 [syn: bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge, zep]
3: a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate pronunciation [syn: hacek, wedge]
4: a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe [syn: wedge heel, wedge]
5: (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole
6: something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them
7: a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object [syn: chock, wedge] v
1: put, fix, force, or implant; "lodge a bullet in the table"; "stick your thumb in the crack" [syn: lodge, wedge, stick, deposit] [ant: dislodge, free]
2: squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; "I squeezed myself into the corner" [syn: wedge, squeeze, force]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English wegge, from Old English wecg; akin to Old High German wecki wedge, Lithuanian vagis Date: before 12th century 1. a piece of a substance (as wood or iron) that tapers to a thin edge and is used for splitting wood and rocks, raising heavy bodies, or for tightening by being driven into something 2. a. something (as a policy) causing a breach or separation b. something used to initiate an action or development 3. something wedge-shaped: as a. an array of troops or tanks in the form of a wedge b. the wedge-shaped stroke in cuneiform characters c. a shoe having a heel extending from the back of the shoe to the front of the shank and a tread formed by an extension of the sole d. an iron golf club with a broad low-angled face for maximum loft 4. a golf shot made with a wedge called also wedge shot II. verb (wedged; wedging) Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to fasten or tighten by driving in a wedge 2. a. to force or press (something) into a narrow space ; cram b. to force (one's way) into or through <wedged his way into the crowd> 3. to separate or force apart with or as if with a wedge intransitive verb to become wedged

Britannica Concise

In mechanics, a device that tapers to a thin edge, usually made of metal or wood, and used for splitting, lifting, or tightening, such as to secure a hammer head onto its handle. The wedge is considered one of the five simple machines. Wedges have been used since prehistoric times to split logs and rocks; for rocks, wooden wedges, caused to swell by wetting, have been used. In terms of its mechanical function, the screw may be thought of as a wedge wrapped around a cylinder.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. & v. --n. 1 a piece of wood or metal etc. tapering to a sharp edge, that is driven between two objects or parts of an object to secure or separate them. 2 anything resembling a wedge (a wedge of cheese; troops formed a wedge). 3 a golf club with a wedge-shaped head. 4 a a wedge-shaped heel. b a shoe with this. --v.tr. 1 tighten, secure, or fasten by means of a wedge (wedged the door open). 2 force open or apart with a wedge. 3 (foll. by in, into) pack or thrust (a thing or oneself) tightly in or into. Phrases and idioms: thin end of the wedge colloq. an action or procedure of little importance in itself, but likely to lead to more serious developments. wedge-shaped 1 shaped like a solid wedge. 2 V-shaped. Derivatives: wedgelike adj. wedgewise adv. Etymology: OE wecg f. Gmc 2. v.tr. Pottery prepare (clay) for use by cutting, kneading, and throwing down. Etymology: 17th c.: orig. uncert.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Wedge 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Wedge 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(wedges, wedging, wedged) 1. If you wedge something, you force it to remain in a particular position by holding it there tightly or by fixing something next to it to prevent it from moving. I shut the shed door and wedged it with a log of wood... We slammed the gate after them, wedging it shut with planks. VERB: V n, V n adj 2. If you wedge something somewhere, you fit it there tightly. Wedge the plug into the hole... VERB: V n prep 3. A wedge is an object with one pointed edge and one thick edge, which you put under a door to keep it firmly in position. N-COUNT 4. A wedge of something such as fruit or cheese is a piece of it that has a thick triangular shape. N-COUNT: usu N of n 5. If someone drives a wedge between two people who are close, they cause ill feelings between them in order to weaken their relationship. I started to feel Toby was driving a wedge between us. PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR between pl-n 6. If you say that something is the thin end of the wedge, you mean that it appears to be unimportant at the moment, but that it is the beginning of a bigger, more harmful development. (BRIT) I think it's the thin end of the wedge when you have armed police permanently on patrol round a city. PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

Silver plate, because melted by the receivers of stolen goods into wedges. Cant.

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