Definition of "wedge" [wedge]

  • 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. (noun)
  • Something shaped like a wedge: a wedge of pie. (noun)
  • Downstate New York See submarine. See Regional Note at submarine. (noun)
  • A wedge-shaped formation, as in ground warfare. (noun)
  • Something that intrudes and causes division or disruption: His nomination drove a wedge into party unity. (noun)
  • A block of solid material, esp wood or metal, that is shaped like a narrow V in cross section and can be pushed or driven between two objects or parts of an object in order to split or secure them (noun)

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  • Any formation, structure, or substance in the shape of a wedge (noun)
  • Something such as an idea, action, etc, that tends to cause division (noun)
  • A shoe with a wedge heel (noun)
  • A club with a face angle of more than 50°, used for bunker shots (sand wedge) or pitch shots (pitching wedge) (noun)
  • A wedge-shaped extension of the high pressure area of an anticyclone, narrower than a ridge (noun)
  • A wedge-shaped device, formerly of wood, now usually of hollow steel, for hammering into a crack to provide an anchor point (noun)
  • Any of the triangular characters used in cuneiform writing (noun)
  • (formerly) a body of troops formed in a V-shape (noun)
  • A strip of glass coated in such a way that it is clear at one end but becomes progressively more opaque towards the other end: used in making measurements of transmission density (noun)
  • A bribe (noun)
  • To secure with or as if with a wedge (verb)
  • To squeeze or be squeezed like a wedge into a narrow space (verb)
  • To force apart or divide with or as if with a wedge (verb)

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Use "wedge" in a sentence
  • "MARCIANO: Well, we've been throwing around the term wedge and rope tornados quite a bit."
  • "MADISON: And I also think that evangelicals are on the margin of this political season, and Dobson is trying to figure a way of how they can get their value, what we called wedge issues four years ago, back into the political discourse."
  • "Not quite what we call a wedge tornado, but that is what we call a wedge tornado right there."