Wedge

Noun

  • (archaic) A flank of cavalry acting to split some portion of an opposing army, charging in an inverted V formation.
  • (in the plural) Wedge-heeled shoes.
  • (phonetics) The IPA character <ʌ>, which denotes an open-mid back unrounded vowel.
  • 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."

  • (figuratively) Something that creates a division, gap or distance between things.
  • A group of geese, swans or other birds when they are in flight in a V formation.
  • (typography, US) háček
  • (Britain, Cambridge University, slang) The person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos.
  • (geometry) A five-sided polyhedron with a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
  • (golf) A type of iron club used for short, high trajectories.
  • (colloquial, Britain) A quantity of money.

    "I made a big fat wedge from that job."

  • (mathematics) The symbol ∧, denoting a meet (infimum) operation or logical conjunction.
  • A piece (of food, etc.) having this shape.

    "Can you cut me a wedge of cheese?"

Verb

  • To force into a narrow gap.

    "He had wedged the package between the wall and the back of the sofa."

  • To support or secure using a wedge.

    "I wedged open the window with a screwdriver."

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.