Ledge Ledge (l[e^]j), n. [Akin to AS. licgan to lie, Icel. liggja; cf. Icel. l["o]gg the ledge or rim at the bottom of a cask. See {Lie} to be prostrate.] [Formerly written {lidge}.] 1. A shelf on which articles may be laid; also, that which resembles such a shelf in form or use, as a projecting ridge or part, or a molding or edge in joinery. [1913 Webster]

2. A shelf, ridge, or reef, of rocks. [1913 Webster]

3. A layer or stratum. [1913 Webster]

The lowest ledge or row should be of stone. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mining) A lode; a limited mass of rock bearing valuable mineral. [1913 Webster]

5. (Shipbuilding) A piece of timber to support the deck, placed athwartship between beams. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • ledge — [lej] n. [ME legge, prob. < base of leggen, to LAY1] 1. a shelf or shelflike projection 2. a) a projecting ridge of rocks b) such a ridge under the surface of the water near the shore 3. Mining a vein l …   English World dictionary

  • ledge — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ high ▪ wide ▪ narrow, small ▪ window ▪ cliff, mountain …   Collocations dictionary

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