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place | wedge |

As verbs the difference between place and wedge

is that place is while wedge is to support or secure using a wedge.

As a noun wedge is

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 () or wedge can be (uk|cambridge university|slang) the person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos.



(wikipedia place)

Alternative forms

* (l)


(en noun)
  • (label) An area; somewhere within an area.
  • # A location or position.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Here is the place appointed.
  • #* (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • What place can be for us / Within heaven's bound?
  • #* , chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.}}
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=5 , passage=By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.}}
  • # An open space, courtyard, market square.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Ay, sir, the other squirrel was stolen from me by the hangman's boys in the market-place
  • # A group of houses.
  • # A region of a land.
  • #* , chapter=22
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.}}
  • # Somewhere for a person to sit.
  • # (label) A house or home.
  • A frame of mind.
  • (label) A position, a responsibility.
  • # A role or purpose; a station.
  • #* (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • Men in great place are thrice servants.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • I know my place as I would they should do theirs.
  • #* {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist), author=Lexington
  • , title= Keeping the mighty honest , passage=The [Washington] Post's proprietor through those turbulent [Watergate] days, Katharine Graham, held a double place in Washington’s hierarchy: at once regal Georgetown hostess and scrappy newshound, ready to hold the establishment to account.}}
  • # The position of a contestant in a competition.
  • # The position as a member of a sports team.
  • Numerically, the column counting a certain quantity.
  • Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding.
  • * Mather Byles
  • In the first place', I do not understand politics; in the second '''place''', you all do, every man and mother's son of you; in the third ' place , you have politics all the week, pray let one day in the seven be devoted to religion
  • Reception; effect; implying the making room for.
  • * Bible, (w) viii. 37
  • My word hath no place in you.


    * courtyard, piazza, plaza, square * (location) location, position, situation, stead, stell, spot * (somewhere to sit) seat * (frame of mind) frame of mind, mindset, mood

    Derived terms

    * abiding place * all dressed up and no place to go * all over the place * come from a good place * decimal place * dwelling place * hiding place * in the first place * meeting place * out of place * passing place * place card * place-kick * place mat * place name * place of articulation * place of decimals * place of worship * resting place * sticking-place * the other place * give place * take place * workplace


  • To put (an object or person) in a specific location.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Charles T. Ambrose
  • , title= Alzheimer’s Disease , volume=101, issue=3, page=200, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems— […]. Such a slow-release device containing angiogenic factors could be placed on the pia mater covering the cerebral cortex and tested in persons with senile dementia in long term studies.}}
  • To earn a given spot in a competition.
  • To remember where and when (an object or person) has been previously encountered.
  • (in the passive) To achieve (a certain position, often followed by an ordinal) as in a horse race.
  • To sing (a note) with the correct pitch.
  • To arrange for or to make (a bet).
  • To recruit or match an appropriate person for a job.
  • Synonyms

    * (to earn a given spot) * (to put in a specific location) deposit, lay, lay down, put down * (to remember where and when something or someone was previously encountered) * (sense) achieve, make * reach * * (to recruit or match an appropriate person)

    Derived terms

    * placement * place on a pedestal





    Etymology 1



    (en noun)
  • 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 ().
  • Stick a wedge under the door, will you? It keeps blowing shut.
  • A piece (of food etc.) having this shape.
  • Can you cut me a wedge of cheese?
  • (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.
  • * 2013 September 28, , " London Is Special, but Not That Special," New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013):
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • I made a big fat wedge from that job.
  • (typography, US) =
  • * 1982 , Thomas Pyles and John Algeo, The Origins and Development of the English Language (3rd ed.), page 49
  • The wedge is used in Czech and is illustrated by the Czech name for the diacritic, ha?ek .
  • * 1996 , and William A. Ladusaw, Phonetic Symbol Guide (2nd ed.), page xxvi
  • The tilde and the circumflex have a place in the ASCII scheme but the wedge and the umlaut do not.
  • * 1999 , Florian Coulmas, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems , page 193, “há?ek”
  • 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.
  • (phonetics) The (l) character , which denotes an .
  • * 1996 , and William A. Ladusaw, Phonetic Symbol Guide (2nd ed.), page 19
  • 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 (?).
  • (label) The symbol , denoting a meet (infimum) operation or logical conjunction.
  • Synonyms
    * (group of geese) skein * (l)


  • To support or secure using a wedge.
  • I wedged open the window with a screwdriver.
  • * 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 1
  • "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 force into a narrow gap.
  • He had wedged the package between the wall and the back of the sofa.
  • To work wet clay by cutting or kneading for the purpose of homogenizing the mass and expelling air bubbles.
  • Derived terms

    * wedge issue * wedge politics * wedgie

    Etymology 2

    From Wedgewood, surname of the person who occupied this position on the first list of 1828.


    (en noun)
  • (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
    See also
    * wooden spoon