wedge

wedge
/wɛdʒ / (say wej)

noun
1. a device (one of the so-called simple machines) consisting of a piece of hard material with two principal faces meeting in a sharply acute angle.
2. a piece of anything of this shape: a wedge of pie; a cheese wedge.
3. Also, potato wedge. a thick wedge of potato, seasoned and fried.
4. a shoe with a wedge heel.
5. Meteorology a region of relatively high pressure, extending from an anticyclone, with isobars in the shape of a wedge.
6. a cuneiform character or stroke.
7. something that serves to part, divide, etc.: a disrupting wedge divided the loyalties of party members.
8. Surfing a break on a shallow rock platform.
9. Colloquial a drink bought between shouts; tweeny.
10. Military History a tactical formation generally in the form of a V with the point towards the enemy.
11. sand wedge.
verb (wedged, wedging)
verb (t)
12. to cleave or split with or as with a wedge.
13. to pack or fix tightly by driving in a wedge or wedges.
14. to thrust, drive, or fix (in, between, etc.) like a wedge: to wedge oneself through a narrow opening.
15. to knead (clay) so as to gain a uniform consistency.
16. to hem (someone) in.
17. Politics to target by means of wedge politics: voters were wedged on the Aboriginal issue.
verb (i)
18. to force a way (in, etc.) like a wedge.
phrase
19. thin end of the wedge, something small or insignificant which is likely to lead to something large and important: *That sort of thing's the thin end of the wedge for out and out Communism. –eleanor dark, 1938.
{Middle English; Old English wecg, related to Old Norse veggr wall, wedge}
wedgy, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • wedge — [wej] n. [ME wegge < OE wecg, akin to Ger dial. weck < IE * wogwhyo , wedge, akin to * wogwhni s, plowshare > L vomis, OHG waganso] 1. a piece of hard material, as wood or metal, tapering from a thick back to a thin edge that can be… …   English World dictionary

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  • Wedge — (w[e^]j), 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A piece of metal, or other hard material …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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