Middle English wegge (“wedge”), from Old English wecg (“wedge”), from Proto-Germanic *wagjaz.
wedge (plural wedges)
- 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, metal, wood etc.) having this shape.
- (geometry) A five-sided polyhedron with a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
- (figuratively) Something that creates a division, gap or distance between things.
- (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, swans or other birds when they are in flight in a V formation.
- One of a pair of wedge-heeled shoes.
- (colloquial, Britain) A quantity of money.
- (US, regional) A sandwich made on a long, cylindrical roll.
- (typography, US) háček
- (phonetics) The IPA character ʌ, which denotes an open-mid back unrounded vowel.
- (mathematics) The symbol ∧, denoting a meet (infimum) operation or logical conjunction.
- (meteorology) a wedge tornado
wedge (third-person singular simple present wedges, present participle wedging, simple past and past participle wedged)
- (transitive) To support or secure using a wedge.
- (transitive, intransitive) To force into a narrow gap.
- (transitive) To work wet clay by cutting or kneading for the purpose of homogenizing the mass and expelling air bubbles.
- (computing, informal, intransitive) Of a computer program or system: to get stuck in an unresponsive state.
- (transitive) To cleave with a wedge.
- (transitive) To force or drive with a wedge.
- (transitive) To shape into a wedge.
From Wedgewood, surname of the person who occupied this position on the first list of 1828.
wedge (plural wedges)
- (Britain, Cambridge University slang) The person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos.
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