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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a wedge of cheese (=a piece which is thin at one end and thick at the other)
▪ I bought a half pound wedge of cheese.
wedge heels
▪ Carefully cut a thin wedge out of the cake.
▪ Core, seed, and slice apples into very thin wedges.
▪ To do that you must use a variety of clubs for chipping, from the sand wedge to the 5 or 4-iron.
▪ I could see Peter shaking his head in the fairway, as he propped himself up on his sand wedge.
▪ Carefully cut a thin wedge out of the cake.
▪ To serve, cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.
▪ Sprinkle with sugar. Cut into 8 wedges.
▪ Sprinkle with cheese. Cut into wedges or squares and separate slightly to have crisp edges.
▪ Serve warm, cut into wedges.
▪ The papal reform tended to drive a wedge between the educated, celibate higher clergy, and the rank and file.
▪ The deal drove a wedge between the president and fellow Republicans going into the 1992 elections.
▪ The men of violence want to drive a wedge between the forces of law and order and the people they protect.
▪ By criminalizing physician-assisted suicide, the Supreme Court has driven a criminal wedge between the dying and their doctors.
▪ They were thus driving the wedge further and further into a division of labour from which they were the first to suffer.
▪ The lawsuit also helped drive a wedge between Arpaio and Romley.
▪ Above all, it drove a wedge through the heart of the Conservative coalition.
▪ Considering the views of those proven achievers helps drive an even greater wedge between centralization and decentralization as a guiding organizational principle.
drive a wedge between sb
▪ Romley's lawsuit drove the wedge even farther between the two former friends.
▪ The war had driven a wedge between the President and his liberal supporters.
▪ Instead of driving a wedge between lovers, a child can expand and deepen that love.
▪ It will potentially drive a wedge between the Catholic H.E.
▪ She'd driven a wedge between herself and Guy.
▪ Such opposition to bureaucratic intrusion drove a wedge between many working-class people and the Fabian socialists.
▪ The deal drove a wedge between the president and fellow Republicans going into the 1992 elections.
▪ The lawsuit also helped drive a wedge between Arpaio and Romley.
▪ The men of violence want to drive a wedge between the forces of law and order and the people they protect.
▪ The papal reform tended to drive a wedge between the educated, celibate higher clergy, and the rank and file.
the thin end of the wedge
▪ lemon wedges
▪ Carefully cut a thin wedge out of the cake.
▪ He pulled out his wedge, sailed the ball over the knoll and it rolled into the cup.
▪ Her hair was stiff and phosphorous, a dome-like wedge.
▪ Instead of driving a wedge between lovers, a child can expand and deepen that love.
▪ The men of violence want to drive a wedge between the forces of law and order and the people they protect.
▪ Ultimately such thinking becomes a psychological, relational and spiritual wedge between men and women.
▪ While sauce is cooking, in another large saute pan, saute apple wedges in butter until lightly browned.
▪ I desperately tried to paddle away but the canoe move and I was wedged in.
▪ Rusted dairy cases had been wedged in along its sides and four corners to keep it balanced.
In female flowers, the flies are wedged in tightly, the thorax pollen being rubbed off on to the stigma.
▪ The second time around, Stafford was fast asleep, wedged in between two large blond businessmen.
▪ That was four hours too long for Billie wedged in behind the ferry tanks.
▪ A group of teenagers sat, wedged in behind the fixed tables and seats in the alcove.
▪ A couple of minutes later she heard the chair that had wedged the door handle shut being moved.
▪ She wedged the door open with a stone and then, without once looking back, strode off through the woods.
▪ At first Alistair took them for other screenplay writers and wedged himself behind the door, at the back of the queue.
the thin end of the wedge
▪ Groves wedged a muslin snake bag behind his belt.
▪ Magma can wedge open and penetrate cracks cutting across the layering of the surrounding rock, forming tabular intrusions called dikes.
▪ Not since Clarenceaux wedged a beer-mat between the bell and the clapper.
▪ Rusted dairy cases had been wedged in along its sides and four corners to keep it balanced.
▪ The bearer pulled him into a passage so thin that even the narrowest of stalls could not wedge itself in.
▪ We sometimes carried in our pockets assorted stones to wedge in cracks.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Wedge \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.]

  1. 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.

  2. (Geom.) A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.

  3. A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form. ``Wedges of gold.''

  4. Anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn up in such a form.

    In warlike muster they appear, In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings.

  5. 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. [Cant, Cambridge Univ., Eng.]
    --C. A. Bristed.

  6. (Golf) A golf club having an iron head with the face nearly horizontal, used for lofting the golf ball at a high angle, as when hitting the ball out of a sand trap or the rough.

    Fox wedge. (Mach. & Carpentry) See under Fox.

    Spherical wedge (Geom.), the portion of a sphere included between two planes which intersect in a diameter.


Wedge \Wedge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wedged; p. pr. & vb. n. Wedging.]

  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.''

  2. To force or drive as a wedge is driven.

    Among the crowd in the abbey where a finger Could not be wedged in more.

    He 's just the sort of man to wedge himself into a snug berth.
    --Mrs. J. H. Ewing.

  3. To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to wedge one's way.

  4. To press closely; to fix, or make fast, in the manner of a wedge that is driven into something.

    Wedged in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast.

  5. 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.

  6. (Pottery) To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English wecg "a wedge," from Proto-Germanic *wagjaz (cognates: Old Norse veggr, Middle Dutch wegge, Dutch wig, Old High German weggi "wedge," dialectal German Weck "wedge-shaped bread roll"), of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Latin vomer "plowshare." From 1610s in reference to other things shaped like a wedge. Of women's shoes or shoe-heels, from 1939. Wedge issue is attested from 1999.


early 15c., "jam in place with a wedge; tighten with a wedge," from wedge (n.). Figurative sense "drive or pack (into)" is from 1720. Meaning "split (something) apart with a wedge" attested by 1853. Related: Wedged; wedging.\n


Etymology 1 n. 1 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 (http://en.wikipedi

  1. org/wiki/Wedge%20(mechanical%20device)). 2 A piece (of food etc.) having this shape. 3 (context geometry English) A five-sided polyhedron with a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends. 4 (context figurative English) Something that creates a division, gap or distance between things. 5 (context archaic English) A flank of cavalry acting to split some portion of an opposing army, charging in an inverted V formation. 6 (context golf English) A type of iron club used for short, high trajectories. 7 A group of goose, swans or other birds when they are in flight in a V formation. 8 (context in the plural English) Wedge-heeled shoes. 9 (context colloquial British English) A quantity of money. 10 (context typography US English) = (l en háček) 11 (context phonetics English) The (l en IPA) character (IPAchar: ), which denotes an 12 (label en mathematics) The symbol (m mul ∧), denoting a meet (infimum) operation or logical conjunction. v

  2. 1 To support or secure using a wedge. 2 To force into a narrow gap. 3 To work wet clay by cutting or knead for the purpose of homogenizing the mass and expelling air bubbles. Etymology 2

    n. (context UK Cambridge University slang English) The person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos.

  1. v. fix, force, or implant; "lodge a bullet in the table" [syn: lodge, stick, deposit] [ant: dislodge]

  2. squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; "I squeezed myself into the corner" [syn: squeeze, force]

  1. n. any shape that is triangular in cross section [syn: wedge shape, cuneus]

  2. 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 [syn: bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, zep]

  3. a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as c) to indicate pronunciation [syn: hacek]

  4. a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe [syn: wedge heel]

  5. (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole

  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. a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object [syn: chock]

Wedge (border)

The Wedge (or Delaware Wedge) is a small tract of land along the borders of Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Ownership of the land was disputed until 1921; it is now recognized as part of Delaware. The tract was created primarily by the shortcomings of contemporary surveying techniques. It is bounded on the north by an eastern extension of the east-west portion of the Mason–Dixon Line, on the west by the north-south portion of the Mason–Dixon line, and on the southeast by the New Castle, Delaware Twelve-Mile Circle. The crossroads community of Mechanicsville, Delaware lies within the area today.

Wedge (mechanical device)

A wedge is a triangular shaped tool, and is a portable inclined plane, and one of the six classical simple machines. It can be used to separate two objects or portions of an object, lift up an object, or hold an object in place. It functions by converting a force applied to its blunt end into forces perpendicular ( normal) to its inclined surfaces. The mechanical advantage of a wedge is given by the ratio of the length of its slope to its width. Although a short wedge with a wide angle may do a job faster, it requires more force than a long wedge with a narrow angle.

Wedge (golf)

In the sport of golf, a wedge is a subset of the iron family of golf clubs designed for special use situations. As a class, wedges have the highest lofts, the shortest shafts, and the heaviest clubheads of the irons. These features generally aid the player in making accurate short-distance "lob" shots, to get the ball onto the green or out of a hazard or other tricky spot. In addition, wedges are designed with modified soles that aid the player in moving the clubhead through soft lies, such as sand, mud, and thick grass, to extract a ball that is embedded or even buried. Wedges come in a variety of configurations, and are generally grouped into four categories; pitching wedges, sand wedges, gap/approach wedges and lob wedges.


Wedge, The Wedge, or Wedges may refer to:

Wedge (footwear)

Wedge boots, wedgies, or lifties are shoes and boots with a sole in the form of a wedge, such that one piece of material, normally rubber, serves as both the sole and the heel. This design dates back to ancient Greece.

Wedgies for women are more common and often have a sole that is much thicker at the back than at the front, making them high-heeled boots or shoes. Wedgies for women were popularized by Salvatore Ferragamo, who introduced the design to the Italian market in the late 1930s.

Men's wedge boots, usually called "wedgies," typically have low heels. Men's boots of this kind became popular during the 1970s. They are making a comeback in 2010s..

Some forms of wedge boots, called platform boots, have thick soles throughout.

Wedge (symbol)

Wedge () is a symbol used to represent:

In Unicode the symbol is encoded and by \wedge and \land in TeX. The opposite symbol is called a vel, or sometimes a (descending) wedge. Some authors who call the descending wedge 'vel' often call the ascending wedge ac (the corresponding Latin word for "and", also spelled "atque") keeping their usage parallel.

The wedge looks similar to the caret .

Usage examples of "wedge".

I They secured the end of the rope to one of the poles wedged like an anchor in the opening of the tunnel that led to the crystal cavern, and Craig abseiled down the rope to the water at the bottom of the shaft once more.

In its struggles to see in through the open door, the crowd formed itself into a straggling wedge, with the more adventurous apex nearest the inn.

The man lurched back, one hand grasping, then pulling at the adze wedged in his shoulder.

Tamarina was returning to Algor and diverted her to their own world, widening the wedge a little further.

This is a thirteenth-century addition to the church, and is of irregular shape, as it is wedged in, as it were, between the apsidal chapel on the east side of the transept and the south wall of the choir aisle.

He wedged the rubberized flashlight between two outcroppings of aragonite, and in its beam attached the mask to the air tank, grunting with pain as he tightened the connections with his flayed fingers.

BODY, An American scientist studying Archaeon marine organisms was killed yesterday when his one-man submersible became wedged in an undersea canyon of the Galapagos Rift.

Jigsaws, cards, roulette counters, poker chips, spillikins, marbles, yarrow stalks, dice, jacks, Trivial Pursuit wedges, bridge score-sheets, discarded Pictionary doodles, Scrabble tiles, bits of unidentifiable plastic and shards of bakelite, wood and metal formed a jumbled compost capable of engaging a dedicated housekeeper for several months of full-time sifting, cataloguing and sorting into the correct boxes.

The maid had set out five bone china plates holding salads that combined Bibb lettuce, avocado slices, and wedges of ripe pear with a crumbling of Gorgonzola.

The guerrillas had placed an antipersonnel mine on the inside floor with a strong, biforked branch wedged between the door handle and the pressure switch of the mine.

First the mysterious Wedge Antilles appeared out of nowhere to save them from a weird blob creature, and then told them that no one but Imperials had been allowed on Gobindi in weeks.

Wedge poured blaster fire onto a bold blob that had charged toward them.

The squad moved like an inexorable wedge into the blockaded spaceport, wielding clubs and spears.

Watched and smiled at by Mary, Mrs Botham limped back to her seather inviolable armchair, wedged into the corner by the fire with toy flames.

We had already backed sail to stop our speed, so the Cloud captured only our bowand there we sat, like a bird with his beak in a fruit wedge.