Meaning of WEDGE in English

WEDGE

transcription, транскрипция: [ wedʒ ]

( wedges, wedging, wedged)

1.

If you wedge something, you force it to remain in a particular position by holding it there tightly or by fixing something next to it to prevent it from moving.

I shut the shed door and wedged it with a log of wood...

We slammed the gate after them, wedging it shut with planks.

VERB : V n , V n adj

2.

If you wedge something somewhere, you fit it there tightly.

Wedge the plug into the hole...

VERB : V n prep

3.

A wedge is an object with one pointed edge and one thick edge, which you put under a door to keep it firmly in position.

N-COUNT

4.

A wedge of something such as fruit or cheese is a piece of it that has a thick triangular shape.

N-COUNT : usu N of n

5.

If someone drives a wedge between two people who are close, they cause ill feelings between them in order to weaken their relationship.

I started to feel Toby was driving a wedge between us.

PHRASE : V inflects , usu PHR between pl-n

6.

If you say that something is the thin end of the wedge , you mean that it appears to be unimportant at the moment, but that it is the beginning of a bigger, more harmful development. ( BRIT )

I think it’s the thin end of the wedge when you have armed police permanently on patrol round a city.

PHRASE : v-link PHR , PHR after v

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