Definitions of wedge

  1. a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese ( and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States
  2. any shape that is triangular in cross section
  3. a diacritical mark ( an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters ( such as c) to indicate pronunciation
  4. fix, force, or implant; " lodge a bullet in the table"
  5. squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; " I squeezed myself into the corner"
  6. something solid that is usable as an inclined plane ( shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them
  7. ( golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole
  8. a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe
  9. A piece of metal, or other hard material, thick at one end, and tapering to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks, etc., in raising heavy bodies, and the like. It is one of the six elementary machines called the mechanical powers. See Illust. of Mechanical powers, under Mechanical.
  10. A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
  11. A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form.
  12. Anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn up in such a form.
  13. To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a wedge; to rive.
  14. To force or drive as a wedge is driven.
  15. To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to wedge one's way.
  16. To press closely; to fix, or make fast, in the manner of a wedge that is driven into something.
  17. To fasten with a wedge, or with wedges; as, to wedge a scythe on the snath; to wedge a rail or a piece of timber in its place.
  18. To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc.
  19. The person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos; - so called after a person ( Wedgewood) who occupied this position on the first list of 1828.
  20. To cleave or drive with a wedge; press in closely.
  21. A piece of wood or metal, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting: a mass of metal.
  22. To cleave with a wedge: to force or drive with a wedge: to press closely: to fasten with a wedge.
  23. Piece of wood, metal, & c., sloping to an edge; ingot.
  24. To force or fasten with a wedge; press closely.
  25. To act upon by a wedge; split; fasten.
  26. A V - shaped piece, as for splitting or for fastening.
  27. A piece of metal or wood, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting woods, rocks, & c, being one of the mechanical powers; a solid of five sides, viz., a rectangular base, two rhomboidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends; something in the form of a wedge; a mass of metal.
  28. To cleave with a wedge; to drive as a wedge is driven; to crowd or compress closely; to force, as a wedge forces its way; to fasten with a wedge or wedges; to fix in the manner of a wedge.
  29. To drive, as a wedge; to compress closely; to force, as a wedge forces its way; to fasten with wedges.

Usage examples for wedge

  1. " He is a hard Christian," he murmured; " has the wedge entered?" – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  2. This was too much for the people and proved the entering wedge for a second vigilance committee. – California 1849-1913 or the Rambling Sketches and Experiences of Sixty-four Years' Residence in that State. by L. H. Woolley
  3. Look on this massive wedge of gold! – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  4. Bet that wedge ain't been out of place for a month. – The Heart of the Range by William Patterson White
  5. Driven in like a wedge between Bohemia and Poland quite to the vicinity of Hungary, they contended with all these nations, dispensing blows and receiving them from their stronger neighbours. – Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I. by Gustav Freytag
  6. I know we cannot drive it in far, but at least we may make it go deep enough to give a wedge a hold in it. – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  7. So the boy went to another side of the wood pile, and brought a large beetle and an iron wedge. – Rollo's Experiments by Jacob Abbott
  8. When the Man lay down to sleep, the Monkey seated herself astride the tree, and wanted to do the same; but when she took out the wedge, the tree sprang back and caught her tail. – Fables for Children, Stories for Children, Natural Science Stories, Popular Education, Decembrists, Moral Tales by Leo Tolstoy
  9. You've gone through a heap of trouble and worry because you thought, when you got ready to knock the wedge out of the log, my fingers were going to get caught in the split, along with a lot of others. – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
  10. By this time the boy had got the wedge knocked out. – Rollo's Experiments by Jacob Abbott
  11. When electric current fired the rocket head, the thorium carrying the plutonium wedge would be driven forward to meet the wedge in the back. – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  12. The Sibley wall tents and wedge tents are luxuries of the past for officers and men alike. – Ailsa Paige by Robert W. Chambers
  13. He was a brisk young man, was the lawyer, with his keen eyes set so close together that one praised Nature's care in having inserted such a hard, sharp wedge of nose to keep them apart. – Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford by George Randolph Chester
  14. This talk between us upon the subject of prejudice, as to which we were already agreed, led on to a less general discussion, and gave me opportunity to drive, I hoped, another wedge between superstition and consecration. – Donald McElroy, Scotch Irishman by Willie Walker Caldwell
  15. We had no tool for this purpose except a wedge- pointed iron bar. – Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War by Various
  16. Perhaps it will prove the entering wedge. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  17. The brain of Bernard Shaw was like a wedge in the literal sense. – George Bernard Shaw by Gilbert K. Chesterton
  18. A friend of the late General Joubert,- in a letter which I have read,- wrote of Mr. Kruger as the man who, for more than twenty years past, has persistently laboured to drive in the wedge between the two races. – Native Races and the War by Josephine Elizabeth Butler
  19. Acting like a wedge, the fluid gradually pushes the mouth of the womb wider and wider open, until it is large enough for the child to pass. – The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy by J. Morris Slemons