wedge


wedge
[[t]we̱ʤ[/t]]
wedges, wedging, wedged
1) VERB If you wedge something, you force it to remain in a particular position by holding it there tightly or by fixing something next to it to prevent it from moving.

[V n] I shut the shed door and wedged it with a log of wood...

[V n adj] We slammed the gate after them, wedging it shut with planks.

2) VERB If you wedge something somewhere, you fit it there tightly.

[V n prep] Wedge the plug into the hole...

[V-ed] The hotel's wedged right between the two airports.

3) N-COUNT A wedge is an object with one pointed edge and one thick edge, which you put under a door to keep it firmly in position.
4) N-COUNT A wedge is a piece of metal with a pointed edge which is used for splitting a material such as stone or wood, by being hammered into a crack in the material.
5) N-COUNT: usu N of n A wedge of something such as fruit or cheese is a piece of it that has a thick triangular shape.
6) PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR between pl-n If someone drives a wedge between two people who are close, they cause ill feelings between them in order to weaken their relationship.

I started to feel Toby was driving a wedge between us.

7) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v If you say that something is the thin end of the wedge, you mean that it appears to be unimportant at the moment, but that it is the beginning of a bigger, more harmful development. [BRIT]

I think it's the thin end of the wedge when you have armed police permanently on patrol round a city.


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  • Wedge — Wedge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wedged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wedging}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a wedge; to rive. My heart, as wedged with a sigh, would rive in twain. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To force… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wedge — [wej] n. [ME wegge < OE wecg, akin to Ger dial. weck < IE * wogwhyo , wedge, akin to * wogwhni s, plowshare > L vomis, OHG waganso] 1. a piece of hard material, as wood or metal, tapering from a thick back to a thin edge that can be… …   English World dictionary

  • wedge — ► NOUN 1) a piece of wood, metal, etc. with a thick end that tapers to a thin edge, that is driven between two objects or parts of an object to secure or separate them. 2) a wedge shaped thing or piece. 3) a golf club with a low, angled face for… …   English terms dictionary

  • Wedge — (w[e^]j), n. [OE. wegge, AS. wecg; akin to D. wig, wigge, OHG. wecki, G. weck a (wedge shaped) loaf, Icel. veggr, Dan. v[ae]gge, Sw. vigg, and probably to Lith. vagis a peg. Cf. {Wigg}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A piece of metal, or other hard material …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wedge — 〈[wɛ̣dʒ] m. 6; Sp.; Golf〉 Schläger, dessen Schlagfläche wesentlich breiter als die normaler Golfschläger ist [<engl. wedge „Keil“] * * * Wedge [wɛd̮ʒ], der; [s], s [engl. wedge, eigtl. = Keil, nach der Form der Schlagfläche] (Golf): Schläger… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • wedge — (n.) O.E. wecg a wedge, from P.Gmc. *wagjaz (Cf. O.N. veggr, M.Du. wegge, Du. wig, O.H.G. weggi wedge, Ger. Weck wedge shaped bread roll ), of unknown origin. The verb is recorded from mid 15c. Wedge issue is attested from 1999 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Wedge — 〈[vɛ̣dʒ] m.; Gen.: od. s, Pl.: s; Sport; Golf〉 Schläger, dessen Schlagfläche wesentlich breiter als die normaler Golfschläger ist [Etym.: <engl. wedge »Keil«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Wedge — [wɛdʒ] der; [s], s <aus gleichbed. engl. wedge, eigtl. »Keil« (nach der Form der Schlagfläche)> Golfschläger mit bes. breiter Schlagfläche für bestimmte Schläge …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • wedge — index impact Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wedge — [wɛdʒ] n. m. ÉTYM. Mil. XXe; mot anglais. ❖ ♦ Anglic. Golf. Club à tête métallique pour les coups d approche (20 à 40 m) …   Encyclopédie Universelle