Meaning of WEDGE in English

I. ˈwej noun

Etymology: Middle English wegge, from Old English wecg; akin to Old High German wecki wedge, Lithuanian vagis

Date: before 12th century

1. : a piece of a substance (as wood or iron) that tapers to a thin edge and is used for splitting wood and rocks, raising heavy bodies, or for tightening by being driven into something


a. : something (as a policy) causing a breach or separation

b. : something used to initiate an action or development

3. : something wedge-shaped: as

a. : an array of troops or tanks in the form of a wedge

b. : the wedge-shaped stroke in cuneiform characters

c. : a shoe having a heel extending from the back of the shoe to the front of the shank and a tread formed by an extension of the sole

d. : an iron golf club with a broad low-angled face for maximum loft

4. : a golf shot made with a wedge — called also wedge shot


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II. verb

( wedged ; wedg·ing )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to fasten or tighten by driving in a wedge


a. : to force or press (something) into a narrow space : cram

b. : to force (one's way) into or through

wedged his way into the crowd

3. : to separate or force apart with or as if with a wedge

intransitive verb

: to become wedged

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.