- 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 wedging
“Oh God, that was so much fun,” Sheehy says, wedging a cookie between two heaping scoops of ice cream—dessert.Gail Sheehy Books Passage to the Past
September 3, 2014
I asked the man what they were doing, and he said, wedging the clay.
He then stood in the doorway, wedging his stomach into the opening, so that nobody else should enter.Poor Folk in Spain
A clay may also be softened in this way by sprinkling it with water as the wedging goes on.The Potter's Craft
Charles F. Binns
The scrambling, and wedging, and pushing, and driving are dreadful.Here and There in London
J. Ewing Ritchie
“Have sense, Julia,” Hugh remonstrated, wedging in a protest with difficulty.Humours of Irish Life
- 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 wedging
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 wedging
see thin edge of the wedge.