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Wedge vs. Wedgy

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Wedgenoun

One of the simple machines; a piece of material, such as metal or wood, thick at one edge and tapered to a thin edge at the other for insertion in a narrow crevice, used for splitting, tightening, securing, or levering.

‘Stick a wedge under the door, will you? It keeps blowing shut.’;

Wedgyadjective

Resembling a wedge, especially in shape

Wedgenoun

A piece (of food, metal, wood etc.) having this shape.

‘Can you cut me a wedge of cheese?’; ‘We ordered a box of baked potato wedges with our pizza.’;

Wedgyadjective

Like a wedge; wedge-shaped.

Wedgenoun

(geometry) A five-sided polyhedron with a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.

Wedgenoun

(figurative) Something that creates a division, gap or distance between things.

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Wedgenoun

(archaic) A flank of cavalry acting to split some portion of an opposing army, charging in an inverted V formation.

Wedgenoun

(golf) A type of iron club used for short, high trajectories.

Wedgenoun

A group of geese, swans or other birds when they are in flight in a V formation.

Wedgenoun

One of a pair of wedge-heeled shoes.

Wedgenoun

A quantity of money.

‘I made a big fat wedge from that job.’;

Wedgenoun

(phonetics) The IPA character ⟨ʌ⟩, which denotes an open-mid back unrounded vowel.

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Wedgenoun

(mathematics) The symbol ∧, denoting a meet (infimum) operation or logical conjunction.

Wedgenoun

(meteorology) a wedge tornado

Wedgenoun

The person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos.

Wedgeverb

To support or secure using a wedge.

‘I wedged open the window with a screwdriver.’;

Wedgeverb

To force into a narrow gap.

‘He had wedged the package between the wall and the back of the sofa.’;

Wedgeverb

To work wet clay by cutting or kneading for the purpose of homogenizing the mass and expelling air bubbles.

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Wedgeverb

Of a computer program or system: to get stuck in an unresponsive state.

‘My Linux kernel wedged after I installed the latest update.’;

Wedgenoun

A piece of metal, or other hard material, thick at one end, and tapering to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks, etc., in raising heavy bodies, and the like. It is one of the six elementary machines called the mechanical powers. See Illust. of Mechanical powers, under Mechanical.

Wedgenoun

A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.

Wedgenoun

A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form.

Wedgenoun

Anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn up in such a form.

‘In warlike muster they appear,In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings.’;

Wedgenoun

The person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos; - so called after a person (Wedgewood) who occupied this position on the first list of 1828.

Wedgenoun

A golf club having an iron head with the face nearly horizontal, used for lofting the golf ball at a high angle, as when hitting the ball out of a sand trap or the rough.

Wedgeverb

To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a wedge; to rive.

Wedgeverb

To force or drive as a wedge is driven.

‘Among the crowd in the abbey where a fingerCould not be wedged in more.’; ‘He 's just the sort of man to wedge himself into a snug berth.’;

Wedgeverb

To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to wedge one's way.

Wedgeverb

To press closely; to fix, or make fast, in the manner of a wedge that is driven into something.

‘Wedged in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast.’;

Wedgeverb

To fasten with a wedge, or with wedges; as, to wedge a scythe on the snath; to wedge a rail or a piece of timber in its place.

Wedgeverb

To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc.

Wedgenoun

any shape that is triangular in cross section

Wedgenoun

a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States

Wedgenoun

a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as c) to indicate pronunciation

Wedgenoun

a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe

Wedgenoun

(golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole

Wedgenoun

something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them

Wedgenoun

a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object

Wedgeverb

fix, force, or implant;

‘lodge a bullet in the table’;

Wedgeverb

squeeze like a wedge into a tight space;

‘I squeezed myself into the corner’;

Wedge

A wedge is a triangular shaped tool, and is a portable inclined plane, and one of the six simple machines. It can be used to separate two objects or portions of an object, lift up an object, or hold an object in place.

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