I. wedge 1 /wedʒ/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Language: Old English ; Origin: wecg ]
1 . a piece of wood, metal etc that has one thick edge and one pointed edge and is used especially for keeping a door open or for splitting wood
2 . a piece of food shaped like a wedge:
Garnish with lemon wedges.
a wedge of cheese
3 . drive a wedge between somebody to make the relationship between two people or groups worse:
Their divorce has driven a wedge between the two families.
⇨ the thin end of the wedge at ↑ thin 1 (11)
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▪ piece an amount of something that has been cut or separated from the main part:
Could I have another piece of cake?
a piece of broken glass
Emma cut the pie into eight pieces.
▪ bit a piece. Bit is more informal than piece and is often used about smaller pieces:
The notes were written on bits of paper.
He threw a bit of wood onto the fire.
▪ lump a small piece of something solid or firm that does not have a regular shape:
two lumps of sugar
a lump of coal
a lump of clay
▪ scrap a small piece of paper, cloth etc that is no longer needed:
I wrote the phone number on a scrap of paper.
The dog was eating scraps of food off the floor.
▪ strip a long narrow piece of cloth, paper etc:
a strip of cloth
The leather had been cut into strips.
▪ sheet a thin flat piece of something such as paper, glass, or metal:
a blank sheet of paper
a sheet of aluminium
▪ slice a thin flat piece of bread, cake, meat etc cut from a larger piece:
a slice of pizza
Cut the tomatoes into thin slices.
▪ chunk a piece of something solid that does not have a regular shape – used especially about food, rock, or metal:
The fruit was cut into large chunks.
a chunk of bread
▪ hunk a large piece with rough edges, which has been cut or has broken off a bigger piece of food, rock etc:
a big hunk of cheese
hunks of concrete
▪ block a piece of something solid, which has straight sides:
a block of cheese
a block of ice
▪ slab a thick flat piece of stone, or of cake, meat etc:
The floor had been made from stone slabs.
a slab of beef
▪ cube a piece that has six square sides – used especially about food:
a cube of sugar
▪ wedge a piece that has a thick end and a pointed end, and is shaped like a ↑ triangle – used especially about food and metal:
a wedge of cheese
▪ bar a block of soap, chocolate, candy, or metal, which has straight sides:
a chocolate bar
a bar of soap
gold bars worth more than £26 million
▪ rasher British English a slice of bacon:
I usually have two rashers of bacon for breakfast.
II. wedge 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive always + adverb/preposition]
1 . to force something firmly into a narrow space:
The phone was wedged under his chin.
Victoria wedged herself into the passenger seat.
2 . wedge something open/shut to put something under a door, window etc to make it stay open or shut