[ lej ]
/ lɛdʒ /
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.
verb (used with object), ledged, ledg·ing.
to assemble (a door or the like) with ledges.
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Origin of ledge
1300–50; Middle English legge, perhaps derivative of leggen to lay1; compare Middle High German legge layer, edge, Old English lecg part of a weapon
OTHER WORDS FROM ledgeledge·less, adjectiveun·ledged, adjective
Words nearby ledge
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Example sentences from the Web for ledging
Ledging the lid crossways on the coffin, he placed his hand gently upon Camilla's brow.Hugo|Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for ledging
/ (lɛdʒ) /
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
Derived forms of ledgeledgy or ledged, adjective
Word Origin for ledge
C14 legge, perhaps from leggen to lay 1
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