Main definitions of wedge in US English:

: wedge1wedge2

wedge1

noun

  • 1A piece of wood, metal, or some other material having one thick end and tapering to a thin edge, that is driven between two objects or parts of an object to secure or separate them.

    • ‘Then at either end of the dowel, a small split is started, into which a small wedge is also driven.’
    • ‘A jeweller's screwdriver is better because you need a thin wedge to open the seam.’
    • ‘Once the wedge is secured, slide the fender into the exposed slot until it clicks.’
    • ‘If the supports are wood, nail the wedges in place.’
    • ‘Once home I lost no time in trying out the metal wedge and managed to split quite a pile of logs before I'd had enough.’
    • ‘Instead, crews should use wood wedges, tapping gently when necessary.’
    • ‘An anchorage consists of a cast-iron bearing plate and special wedges to secure the strand inside the anchor housing.’
    • ‘Wedges were then inserted into these holes and the block of stone was broken loose by pounding on the wedges with mallets.’
    tapered block, chock, door stop
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    1. 1.1 An object or piece of something having the shape of a wedge.
      ‘a wedge of cheese’
      • ‘Dawn went through the motions of squeezing a lemon wedge into her iced tea.’
      • ‘In France, it's bad form to cut the point off a wedge of cheese.’
      • ‘Chop 3 of the tomatoes and cut the remaining one into thin wedges.’
      • ‘Finally, there is usually a small piece of fruit - a wedge of apple, a small piece of watermelon, or a few grapes.’
      • ‘Eat breakfast - even if it's only a wedge of cheese on a cracker with your morning coffee - to avoid daytime fatigue.’
      • ‘Clean brass with a wedge of lemon dipped in salt.’
      • ‘Burgers, with toppings like guacamole, blue cheese, and grilled onions, are served alongside thick potato wedges.’
      • ‘Without peeling them, I cut each into 8 thin wedges.’
      • ‘We picked up some croissants and a thick wedge of baked cheesecake, and pointed at some fruit scones, and then wandered home to curl up and nod off.’
      • ‘Smear each cob with the butter and serve with a wedge of lime.’
      • ‘Put a steak on each plate, pour on the sauce, and serve with a wedge of lime.’
      triangle, tapered piece, segment, slice, section
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    2. 1.2 A formation of people or animals in the shape of a wedge.
      • ‘In it, seven males with lights attached to their hands resembled a wedge of motorcyclists on a nighttime foray.’
      • ‘We are in wedge formation, one to each side of me and one watching my back.’
      • ‘What we've discovered is that you can drive an armored wedge up to the outskirts with a relatively small force.’
      • ‘He has been outstanding in coverage, breaking up the wedge or being the first or second tackler on the return.’
      • ‘A wedge of large men wearing leather and denim roared into the campground on Harleys.’
      • ‘The Combined Fleet flew in a wedge formation, with the battleships at the point and the cruisers on the flanks.’
      • ‘It's also possible to have your group move in formations such as columns and wedges.’
      • ‘The B17s flew in a wedge formation that should have given them massive fire power against any attackers.’
      • ‘Whenever demonstrators shook the fence, police charged in, using wedge formations.’
      • ‘Visible are Ailey's hallmarks: a wedge of dancers, with flaunting hips, weaving torsos, and dancing hands.’
    3. 1.3 A golf club with a low, angled face for maximum loft.
      • ‘The best club to pitch with is a sand wedge, not a pitching wedge.’
      • ‘I'll sometimes take the sand wedge out of my bag and keep the lob wedge.’
      • ‘Decide if you need a wedge with a loft between your sand wedge and pitching wedge.’
      • ‘‘Everything seems to equalise the players: the long putter, the lob wedges with their 65 degrees of loft, the grooves on the clubs,’ he continued.’
      • ‘After rolling my ball onto a patch of frost-burned turf, even I can produce backspin with my wedges.’
      • ‘Of course, the reason you are carrying four wedges is because today's modern pitching wedge has the loft of a 9-iron or even a strong 8-iron from not too long ago.’
      • ‘Modern wedges are built to skid through sand and pop the ball out.’
      • ‘He took out his wedge, and after waggling it for a minute, put it back into the bag and pulled out a 5-iron.’
      • ‘Try this with your other wedges and you'll have a total of six or nine distances.’
      • ‘On Monday afternoon he left the big bag in the car, and went out for a practice round carrying only his putter and three wedges.’
      • ‘Grip a sand wedge or lob wedge with your left hand only, and position a ball in the middle of your stance.’
      • ‘Generally, each degree of loft on your wedges translates to two to four yards in carry distance.’
      • ‘What's clear, though, is that all you need to play it is three clubs: a driver, a wedge and a putter.’
      • ‘But then you look at the pros on TV, and they always seem to pull out a pitching wedge or sand iron and chip it from just off the green.’
      • ‘This will help you gain more precise control with your wedges and short irons.’
      • ‘Another area I worked hard on was my distance control with the short irons, the wedges especially.’
      • ‘I had to figure out how to get the ball in the hole with my wedge and my putter.’
      • ‘I've got two wedges in addition to the pitching wedge that's part of my iron set.’
      • ‘The wedges have a standard or low-bounce option, in four lofts and three finishes.’
      • ‘There's enough loft on a wedge when the shaft sits perpendicular to the ground.’
      • ‘Until the past decade, pitching wedges had 50 to 52 degrees of loft.’
    4. 1.4 A golf shot made with a wedge.
      • ‘On the day I paid him some attention, Freddie hit a wedge to the final green on the old course.’
      • ‘Tiger Woods hits a brilliant wedge to within two feet of the pin at the 15th.’
      • ‘He hit a wedge over the tree and then another at the green. ‘I had a ton of room behind the pin and I hit a great shot,’ he said.’
      • ‘The picture changed yet again, though, at the par-five eighth where Johnson laid up short of the green in two before hitting a wedge to six feet for his fourth birdie of the day.’
      • ‘A wedge brought him to within 15 feet of the pin, from where his first putt pulled up short.’
      • ‘He had hit his ball to within a short wedge of the 350-yard par-four hole, and was intent on getting his score down to nine under after a welter of missed opportunities.’
      • ‘All we have today are young, strong guys who launch the ball off the tee, then hit wedges to almost every green.’
      • ‘A conservative play calls for an iron off the tee that will leave the player a wedge into an angled green guarded by a bunker on the right side.’
    5. 1.5 A shoe, typically having a fairly high heel, of which the heel and sole form a solid block, with no gap under the instep.
      • ‘I fold my hands in front of me and stand expectantly, rocking back and forth on my heels - covered by lace-up wedges.’
      • ‘Match them with these very delectable white designer wedges and I'm all set to go!’
      • ‘As for shoes, I wasn't going to risk breaking a leg wearing my 5-inch heels so I decided on my wedges.’
      • ‘Weekends at the beach call for designer wedges.’
      • ‘Instead, I'll introduce a few key pieces - I've just swapped stilettos for wedges.’
      • ‘Show your toes with strappy flats, heels or wedges.’
      • ‘You can get away with wedges or a high-heeled strappy sandal, because you're not going to see much of the shoe.’
      • ‘The shoe of the shows was undoubtedly the wedge.’
      • ‘The classic espadrille wedge, which first came on the scene in the late 1940s and 1950s, is still practical and elegant.’
      • ‘The look that dominated the '70s has women trading in their high heels for wedges that are casual and often more comfortable.’
    6. 1.6 A wedge heel.
      • ‘I wore shoes with wedges about half that size and my feet were killing me!’
      • ‘He wears a black tracksuit zipped right up, shiny black shoes with a wedge to give him height and small red sunglasses.’
      • ‘Also we have stiletto pumps and boots with wedges and clear - transparent - acrylic shoes.’
    7. 1.7Music
      another term for dash

verb

  • 1with object Fix in position using a wedge.

    with object and complement ‘the door was wedged open’
    • ‘The doors will be wedged open to allow in freezing winter air.’
    • ‘Fire officers also raised concerns that the stairs enclosure could be compromised due to doors being wedged open.’
    • ‘Staff say their health is suffering because classrooms in the new school are too small and ventilation is so poor they have little choice but to break safety rules by wedging fire doors open.’
    • ‘She walked in the store - the door was wedged open - and proceeded to look around.’
    • ‘Marie assumed the door was wedged shut somehow and went for a take-out instead.’
  • 2with object and adverbial Force into a narrow space.

    ‘I wedged the bags into the back seat’
    • ‘Rick even wedged himself halfway through the door before one of the guards kicked him back inside.’
    • ‘She wedged herself as far as she could into the cavity.’
    • ‘He stood up and flushed the toilet, and using the noise of the water flooding the bowl to cover any sound he was making, Ian wedged the book in the space between the toilet tank and the wall.’
    • ‘Finally, she wedged herself into a little niche, barely big enough for her, and began to think again.’
    • ‘‘I could not see my mother at first but she had wedged herself under the table so she was all right,’ she said.’
    • ‘Felicia wedged herself between the closing door and its frame, easing her way into the house.’
    • ‘We had to wedge it between some bags in the boot and hope it wouldn't turn to crumble on the way.’
    • ‘I always liked chimney climbing, wedging my body, arms and legs inside narrow walls and inching upward.’
    • ‘One larger sized doctor finally wedged himself between them and pushed them apart.’
    • ‘Ryan would hand Athena a can, and she would wedge it in the empty spaces.’
    squeeze, cram, jam, crush, pack, thrust, ram, force, push, stow
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Phrases

  • drive a wedge between

    • 1Separate.

      ‘the general aimed to drive a wedge between the city and its northern defenses’
      • ‘This advance also served to drive a wedge between the Germans and Central Gaul.’
      • ‘Within four days they had driven a wedge forty miles deep into the British positions and threatened to break the Allied lines altogether.’
      1. 1.1Cause disagreement or hostility between.
        ‘his parents drove a wedge between us’
        • ‘He said the pressure drove a wedge between him and his partner, who moved out taking their three children with her.’
        • ‘He warned that the crisis was creating ‘profound anxieties’ among young people and driving a wedge between friends.’
        • ‘They know when Government is trying to pull a fast one by driving a wedge between students and staff and by crudely appealing to the student vote.’
        • ‘‘They succeeded in driving a wedge between us,’ she says.’
        • ‘After France vowed it would veto any resolution backing military action, the Prime Minister responded with a warning about the dangers of driving a wedge between Europe and America.’
        • ‘She was purposely and consciously driving a wedge between husband and wife.’
        • ‘Clearly, terrorism is about driving a wedge between east and west.’
        • ‘I can see this driving a wedge between us and local businesses when our top priority ought to be public safety.’
        • ‘That drove a wedge between the pair that ultimately led to Dunn rejecting the offer of a new contract in the summer and deciding on a move to Birmingham.’
        • ‘If your mom's worries are driving a wedge between you, ask her to tell you honestly what she's afraid of.’
  • thin end of the wedge

    • informal An action or procedure of little importance in itself, but likely to lead to more serious developments.

      • ‘He said: ‘I had one meeting with an angling club and met with a bit of aggression, as they saw it as the thin end of the wedge.’’
      • ‘But unions representing the 1,500 workers at the service say they are deeply sceptical about the proposals and fear it is the thin end of the wedge in a privatisation drive.’
      • ‘He added: ‘The Government will need to intervene if this is taking place because it will be the thin end of the wedge for rural services.’’
      • ‘He said: ‘I am concerned that this is the thin end of the wedge.’’
      • ‘It has been put to me that this is the thin end of the wedge.’
      • ‘It clearly isn't, as they claim, the thin end of the wedge.’
      • ‘Any element of the built environment introduced into that field would simply be the thin end of the wedge and a potential disaster for the retention of the green belt between Ilkley and Burley-in-Wharfedale.’
      • ‘They fear that having the three services in the same building is the thin end of the wedge to ‘multi-skilling’, and jobs could be lost if operators handle calls for all three services.’
      • ‘But he has praised shared campuses - seen by some as the thin end of the wedge - where Catholic and Protestant children are taught separately but on the same premises in a bid to tackle religious hatred.’
      • ‘‘It's the thin end of the wedge,’ warned Mr Stancliffe.’
      • ‘If this happens a lot of people will assume it's the thin end of the wedge.’

Origin

Old English wecg (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wig.

Pronunciation

wedge

/wɛdʒ//wej/

Main definitions of wedge in US English:

: wedge1wedge2

wedge2

verb

[with object]
  • Prepare (pottery clay) for use by cutting, kneading, and throwing down to homogenize it and remove air pockets.

    • ‘The purpose of wedging the clay is to work all the air bubbles out and evenly distribute the moisture throughout the piece of clay.’
    • ‘The photo shows this as if you are facing the person wedging the clay.’

Origin

Late 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

wedge

/wɛdʒ//wej/