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WEDGE, n. [This word signifies a mass, a lump.]

1. A mass of metal; as a wedge of gold or silver. Joshua 7.

2. A piece of metal, particularly iron, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks, &c. This is one of the five mechanical powers. A like piece of wood is by some persons called a wedge, or a glut.

3. Something in the form of a wedge. Sometimes bodies of troops are drawn up in the form of a wedge.

WEDGE, v.t.

1. To cleave with a wedge; to rive. [Little used.]

2. To drive as a wedge is drive; to crowd or compress closely. We were wedged in by the crowd.

3. To force, as a wedge forces its way; as, to wedge ones way.

4. To fasten with a wedge or with wedges; as, to wedge on a sythe; to wedge in a rail or a piece of timber.

5. To fix in the manner of a wedge.

Wedgd in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast.



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WEDGE, n. [This word signifies a mass, a lump.]

1. A mass of metal; as a wedge of gold or silver. Joshua 7.

2. A piece of metal, particularly iron, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks, &c. This is one of the five mechanical powers. A like piece of wood is by some persons called a wedge, or a glut.

3. Something in the form of a wedge. Sometimes bodies of troops are drawn up in the form of a wedge.

WEDGE, v.t.

1. To cleave with a wedge; to rive. [Little used.]

2. To drive as a wedge is drive; to crowd or compress closely. We were wedged in by the crowd.

3. To force, as a wedge forces its way; as, to wedge ones way.

4. To fasten with a wedge or with wedges; as, to wedge on a sythe; to wedge in a rail or a piece of timber.

5. To fix in the manner of a wedge.

Wedgd in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast.

WEDGE, n. [Sax. wecg, wæcg; Dan. veg; Sw. vigg; D. wig. This word signifies a mass, a lump.]

  1. A mass of metal; as, a wedge of gold or silver. – Josh. vii.
  2. A piece of metal, particularly iron, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks, &c. This is one of the five mechanical powers. A like piece of wood is by some persons called a wedge, or a glut.
  3. Something in the form of a wedge. Sometimes bodies of troops are drawn up in the form of a wedge.

WEDGE, v.t.

  1. To cleave with a wedge; to rive. [Little used.]
  2. To drive as a wedge is driven; to crowd or compress closely. We were wedged in by the crowd.
  3. To force, as a wedge forces its way; as, to wedge one's way. – Milton.
  4. To fasten with a wedge or with wedges; as, to wedge on a sythe; to wedge in a rail or a piece of timber.
  5. To fix in the manner of a wedge. Wedg'd in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast. – Dryden.

Wedge
  1. 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.
  2. To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a wedge] to rive.

    "My heart, as wedged with a sigh, would rive in twain." Shak.
  3. A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
  4. To force or drive as a wedge is driven.

    Among the crowd in the abbey where a finger
    Could not be wedged in more.
    Shak.

    He 's just the sort of man to wedge himself into a snug berth. Mrs. J. H. Ewing.

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

    "Wedges of gold." Shak.
  6. To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to wedge one's way.

    Milton.
  7. 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.
    Milton.

  8. 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. Dryden.

  9. 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.

    [Cant, Cambridge Univ., Eng.] C. A. Bristed.

    Fox wedge. (Mach. *** Carpentry) See under Fox. -- Spherical wedge (Geom.), the portion of a sphere included between two planes which intersect in a diameter.

  10. 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.
  11. To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc.

    Tomlinson.
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Wedge

WEDGE, noun [This word signifies a mass, a lump.]

1. A mass of metal; as a wedge of gold or silver. Joshua 7:21.

2. A piece of metal, particularly iron, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks, etc. This is one of the five mechanical powers. A like piece of wood is by some persons called a wedge or a glut.

3. Something in the form of a wedge Sometimes bodies of troops are drawn up in the form of a wedge

WEDGE, verb transitive

1. To cleave with a wedge; to rive. [Little used.]

2. To drive as a wedge is drive; to crowd or compress closely. We were wedged in by the crowd.

3. To force, as a wedge forces its way; as, to wedge ones way.

4. To fasten with a wedge or with wedges; as, to wedge on a sythe; to wedge in a rail or a piece of timber.

5. To fix in the manner of a wedge

Wedgd in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast.

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