One of the simple machines; a piece of material, such as metal or wood, thick at one edge and tapered to a thin edge at the other for insertion in a narrow crevice, used for splitting, tightening, securing, or levering ().
A piece (of food etc.) having this shape.
- Stick a wedge under the door, will you? It keeps blowing shut.
(geometry) A five-sided polyhedron with a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
(figurative) Something that creates a division, gap or distance between things.
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- Can you cut me a wedge of cheese?
London Is Special, but Not That Special," New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013):
(archaic) A flank of cavalry acting to split some portion of an opposing army, charging in an inverted V formation.
(golf) A type of iron club used for short, high trajectories.
A group of geese or swans when they are in flight in a V formation.
(in the plural) Wedge-heeled shoes.
(colloquial, British) A quantity of money.
- It is one of the ironies of capital cities that each acts as a symbol of its nation, and yet few are even remotely representative of it. London has always set itself apart from the rest of Britain — but political, economic and social trends are conspiring to drive that wedge deeper.
(typography, US) =
* 1982 , Thomas Pyles and John Algeo, The Origins and Development of the English Language (3rd ed.),
- I made a big fat wedge from that job.
* 1996 , and William A. Ladusaw,
- The wedge is used in Czech and is illustrated by the Czech name for the diacritic, ha?ek .
Phonetic Symbol Guide (2nd ed.), page xxvi
* 1999 , Florian Coulmas, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems ,
- The tilde and the circumflex have a place in the ASCII scheme but the wedge and the umlaut do not.
page 193, “há?ek”
(phonetics) The (l) character , which denotes an .
* 1996 , and William A. Ladusaw,
- The há?ek or ‘wedge'’ is a diacritic commonly used in Slavic orthographies. As a tone mark the ' wedge is used iconically for a falling-rising tone as in Chinese Pinyin.
Phonetic Symbol Guide (2nd ed.), page 19
(label) The symbol , denoting a meet (infimum) operation or logical conjunction.
- Turned V is referred to as “Wedge ” by some phoneticians, but this seems inadvisable to us, because the ha?ek accent (?) is also called that in names like Wedge C for (?).
* (group of geese) skein
To support or secure using a wedge.
* 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 1
- I wedged open the window with a screwdriver.
To force into a narrow gap.
- "Did he take his bottle well?" Mrs. Flanders whispered, and Rebecca nodded and went to the cot and turned down the quilt, and Mrs. Flanders bent over and looked anxiously at the baby, asleep, but frowning. The window shook, and Rebecca stole like a cat and wedged it.
To work wet clay by cutting or kneading for the purpose of homogenizing the mass and expelling air bubbles.
- He had wedged the package between the wall and the back of the sofa.
* wedge issue
* wedge politics
From Wedgewood, surname of the person who occupied this position on the first list of 1828.
(UK, Cambridge University, slang) The person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos.
* 1873 , Charles Astor Bristed, Five Years in an English University
- The last man is called the Wedge , corresponding to the Spoon in Mathematics.
* wooden wedge
* wooden spoon
A tool (originally a bevelled chisel) for making grooves in horseshoes.
(Scotland, slang, uncountable) The drug MDMA.
To shape metal using a hammer or other force.
(colloquial) To leave (a restaurant etc.) without paying.
To fold under or round an object.