- having the shape of a wedge.
Origin of wedged
- a piece of hard material with two principal faces meeting in a sharply acute angle, for raising, holding, or splitting objects by applying a pounding or driving force, as from a hammer.Compare machine(def 3b).
- a piece of anything of like shape: a wedge of pie.
- a cuneiform character or stroke of this shape.
- Meteorology. (formerly) an elongated area of relatively high pressure.
- something that serves to part, split, divide, etc.: The quarrel drove a wedge into the party organization.
- Military. (formerly) a tactical formation generally in the form of a V with the point toward the enemy.
- Golf. a club with an iron head the face of which is nearly horizontal, for lofting the ball, especially out of sand traps and high grass.
- Optics. optical wedge.
- Chiefly Coastal Connecticut and Rhode Island. a hero sandwich.
- a wedge heel or shoe with such a heel.
- to separate or split with or as if with a wedge (often followed by open, apart, etc.): to wedge open a log.
- to insert or fix with a wedge.
- to pack or fix tightly: to wedge clothes into a suitcase.
- to thrust, drive, fix, etc., like a wedge: He wedged himself through the narrow opening.
- Ceramics. to pound (clay) in order to remove air bubbles.
- to fell or direct the fall of (a tree) by driving wedges into the cut made by the saw.
- to force a way like a wedge (usually followed by in, into, through, etc.): The box won't wedge into such a narrow space.
Origin of wedge
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Examples from the Web for wedged
Some songs get wedged in our memories entirely because of one line.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
Wedged between two marble buildings at the lavishly designed Lincoln Center, sits a single white tent.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
This mini command center is wedged into a conference room about 200 feet from the debate hall.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job
October 2, 2014
When he could go no further without crampons, Sher wedged himself inside a crack between two boulders and waited for the sun.Death on Killer Mountain
July 6, 2013
She was wedged between a 12-year member of the Coast Guard and his partner, and a straight man with his 10-year-old daughter, Amy.A Gay Warrior’s Win for Partner at National Cemetery
April 12, 2013
The rails are fixed into holes, bored and wedged in the posts.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
Dan touched the foot, and found that it was, indeed, wedged fast.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
The inner end of the pole she wedged in a crevice of the split rock.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
Jud and I, wedged in, were tossed about by the surging of the cattle, as the jam broke.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
I looked for Henry and found him wedged in a forest of legs.
- a block of solid material, esp wood or metal, that is shaped like a narrow V in cross section and can be pushed or driven between two objects or parts of an object in order to split or secure them
- any formation, structure, or substance in the shape of a wedgea wedge of cheese
- something such as an idea, action, etc, that tends to cause division
- a shoe with a wedge heel
- golf a club with a face angle of more than 50°, used for bunker shots (sand wedge) or pitch shots (pitching wedge)
- a wedge-shaped extension of the high pressure area of an anticyclone, narrower than a ridge
- mountaineering a wedge-shaped device, formerly of wood, now usually of hollow steel, for hammering into a crack to provide an anchor point
- any of the triangular characters used in cuneiform writing
- (formerly) a body of troops formed in a V-shape
- photog a strip of glass coated in such a way that it is clear at one end but becomes progressively more opaque towards the other end: used in making measurements of transmission density
- British slang a bribe
- thin end of the wedge anything unimportant in itself that implies the start of something much larger
- (tr) to secure with or as if with a wedge
- to squeeze or be squeezed like a wedge into a narrow space
- (tr) to force apart or divide with or as if with a wedge
Word Origin and History for wedged
mid-15c., from wedge (n.). Related: Wedged; wedging.
Old English wecg "a wedge," from Proto-Germanic *wagjaz (cf. Old Norse veggr, Middle Dutch wegge, Dutch wig, Old High German weggi "wedge," German Weck "wedge-shaped bread roll"), of unknown origin. Wedge issue is attested from 1999.
Idioms and Phrases with wedged
see thin edge of the wedge.