- a relatively narrow, projecting part, as a horizontal, shelflike projection on a wall or a raised edge on a tray.
- a more or less flat shelf of rock protruding from a cliff or slope.
- a reef, ridge, or line of rocks in the sea or other body of water.
- a layer or mass of rock underground.
- a lode or vein.
- Carpentry. a member similar to but larger than a cleat.
- Shipbuilding. a minor transverse deck beam running between regular deck beams to form part of a coaming.
- to assemble (a door or the like) with ledges.
Origin of ledge
Related Words for ledgerim, ridge, berm, sill, bar, reef, mantle, track, route, console, offset, bench, trail, step, edge, jut, way, strip, tier, path
Examples from the Web for ledge
Contemporary Examples of ledge
On a ledge is a small TV set and a cabinet with a few sad possessions spilling out.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
In another chamber there was a hole inside of a ledge we put our hands through.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
We moved slowly down slippery stones, careful not to focus on the ledge to our right that dropped down to the mountain base.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma
June 2, 2014
And of course Baelish materialized (at just the right moment) to save Sansa and coax Lysa away from the ledge.Game of Thrones’ Ep. 7 ‘Mockingbird’ Recap: Conscious Coupling (and Uncoupling)
May 19, 2014
“Thomas was really out there on the ledge, all by himself, for quite a while,” Lemon says.Robin Roberts’s Coming Out Party
December 31, 2013
Historical Examples of ledge
The guillemot makes no nest, merely laying a single egg on a ledge.Yorkshire Painted And Described
I cried out, and in a foolish effort to save him, I must have let go of the ledge to which I clung.The Trail Book
The man who lay on the ledge of the grating was even chilled.Little Dorrit
I said: "Is that a ledge out in the field where sumachs and birches are growing?"
The Major's folded arms dropped off the ledge, as if they had been suddenly paralyzed.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- a narrow horizontal surface resembling a shelf and projecting from a wall, window, etc
- a layer of rock that contains an ore; vein
- a ridge of rock that lies beneath the surface of the sea
- a narrow shelflike rock projection on a cliff or mountain
Word Origin for ledge
Word Origin and History for ledge
late 13c., "crossbar on a door," perhaps from Middle English verb leggen "to place, lay" (see lay (v.)). Sense of "narrow shelf" is first recorded 1550s; "shelf-like projection of rock" is from 1550s.