- 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
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
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Examples from the Web for ledging
Ledging the lid crossways on the coffin, he placed his hand gently upon Camilla's brow.Hugo
- 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
C14 legge, perhaps from leggen to lay 1
Word Origin and History for ledging
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper