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wedge


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.''  --Shak. 
 
  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  --Shak. 
 
  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  --Milton. 
 
  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 
  --Dryden. 
 
  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 
  --Tomlinson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wedge  \Wedge\,  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.''  --Shak. 
 
  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.  --Milton. 
 
  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. 
 
  {Fox  wedge}.  (Mach.  &  Carpentry)  See  under  {Fox}. 
 
  {Spherical  wedge}  (Geom.),  the  portion  of  a  sphere  included 
  between  two  planes  which  intersect  in  a  diameter. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  wedge 
  n  1:  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:  an  iron  with  considerable  loft  and  a  broad  sole 
  6:  something  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}] 
  v  1:  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}] 




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