Meaning of WEDGE in English

WEDGE

/ wedʒ; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

a piece of wood, rubber, metal, etc. with one thick end and one thin pointed end that you use to keep a door open, to keep two things apart, or to split wood or rock :

He hammered the wedge into the crack in the stone.

( figurative )

I don't want to drive a wedge between the two of you (= to make you start disliking each other) .

2.

something that is shaped like a wedge or that is used like a wedge :

a wedge of cake

3.

a golf club that has the part that you hit the ball with shaped like a wedge

IDIOMS

see thin adjective

■ verb

1.

[ vn + adv. / prep. ] to put or squeeze sth tightly into a narrow space, so that it cannot move easily

SYN jam :

The boat was now wedged between the rocks.

She wedged herself into the passenger seat.

2.

to make sth stay in a particular position, especially open or shut, by placing sth against it :

[ vn - adj ]

to wedge the door open

[also vn ]

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English wecg (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wig .

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