verb (used with object), hedged, hedg·ing.
verb (used without object), hedged, hedg·ing.
- hedda gabler,
- hedge apple,
- hedge fund,
- hedge garlic,
- hedge hyssop,
- hedge laying
Origin of hedge
Examples from the Web for hedging
The plaque honoring “la Nueve” speaks to how memory is often overlaid by the hedging of history.
Netanyahu has been eager to take credit for Iran's hedging of its stockpiles.
Karl Rove says Romney has the edge in the overall vote on Election Day and in his hedging way seemed to predict a Romney triumph.
The entire phylum of what they do is called “hedging risk,” not diving into it.Jack Hitt Examines Why Amateurs Are the Job Creators|Jack Hitt|June 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The death of an uncle and a hedging competition are processed and recounted in due course.
But as for that, signore, if you have no axes nor hedging knives, we have them.Corleone|F. Marion Crawford
You see, by hedging like that, you're bound to pull off something!
Hedging against such contingents, Pierre had decided not to return to Bombay.Oswald Langdon|Carson Jay Lee
Hedging the cinder trail were high, untrimmed bushes which completely screened her view.Whispering Walls|Mildred A. Wirt
How to protect the gain, or minimize the loss, is described in the two hedging positions which we now discuss.About sugar buying for Jobbers|B. W. Dyer
Word Origin for hedge
late 14c., "make a hedge," also "surround with a barricade or palisade;" from hedge (n.). The sense of "dodge, evade" is first recorded 1590s. That of "insure oneself against loss," as in a bet, by playing something on the other side is from 1670s, originally with in; probably from an earlier use of hedge in meaning "secure (a debt) by including it in a larger one which has better security" (1610s). Related: Hedged; hedging. The noun in the wagering sense is from 1736.
Old English hecg, originally any fence, living or artificial, from West Germanic *khagja (cf. Middle Dutch hegge, Dutch heg, Old High German hegga, German Hecke "hedge"), from PIE *kagh- "to catch, seize; wickerwork, fence" (cf. Latin caulae "a sheepfold, enclosure," Gaulish caio "circumvallation," Welsh cae "fence, hedge"). Related to Old English haga "enclosure, hedge" (see haw). Figurative sense of "boundary, barrier" is from mid-14c. Prefixed to any word, it "notes something mean, vile, of the lowest class" [Johnson], from contemptuous attributive sense of "plying one's trade under a hedge" (hedge-priest, hedge-lawyer, hedge-wench, etc.), a usage attested from 1530s.
The practice by which a business or investor limits risk by taking positions that tend to offset each other. For example, a business stands to lose money if the price of a commodity it holds declines, but it can offset this risk by agreeing to sell a specified amount of the commodity at a set price at some point in the future.