Wedge Wedge (w[e^]j), n. [OE. wegge, AS. wecg; akin to D. wig, wigge, OHG. wecki, G. weck a (wedge-shaped) loaf, Icel. veggr, Dan. v[ae]gge, Sw. vigg, and probably to Lith. vagis a peg. Cf. {Wigg}.] [1913 Webster] 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}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geom.) A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends. [1913 Webster]

3. A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form. ``Wedges of gold.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn up in such a form. [1913 Webster]

In warlike muster they appear, In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. 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. [1913 Webster]

6. (Golf) A golf club having an iron head with the face nearly horizontal, used for lofting the golf ball at a high angle, as when hitting the ball out of a sand trap or the rough. [PJC]

{Fox wedge}. (Mach. & Carpentry) See under {Fox}.

{Spherical wedge} (Geom.), the portion of a sphere included between two planes which intersect in a diameter. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Wedge — (von englisch wedge = „Keil“) bezeichnet: im Golfsport Schläger für kürzere Distanzen, siehe Golfschläger#Wedges in der Tontechnik keilförmige Lautsprecher für die Bühnen, siehe Monitoring (Tontechnik) in der Medizin den Druck beim Verschließen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Wedge — Wedge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wedged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wedging}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To force… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wedge — [wej] n. [ME wegge < OE wecg, akin to Ger dial. weck < IE * wogwhyo , wedge, akin to * wogwhni s, plowshare > L vomis, OHG waganso] 1. a piece of hard material, as wood or metal, tapering from a thick back to a thin edge that can be… …   English World dictionary

  • wedge — ► NOUN 1) a piece of wood, metal, etc. with a thick end that tapers to a thin edge, that is driven between two objects or parts of an object to secure or separate them. 2) a wedge shaped thing or piece. 3) a golf club with a low, angled face for… …   English terms dictionary

  • Wedge — 〈[wɛ̣dʒ] m. 6; Sp.; Golf〉 Schläger, dessen Schlagfläche wesentlich breiter als die normaler Golfschläger ist [<engl. wedge „Keil“] * * * Wedge [wɛd̮ʒ], der; [s], s [engl. wedge, eigtl. = Keil, nach der Form der Schlagfläche] (Golf): Schläger… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • wedge — (n.) O.E. wecg a wedge, from P.Gmc. *wagjaz (Cf. O.N. veggr, M.Du. wegge, Du. wig, O.H.G. weggi wedge, Ger. Weck wedge shaped bread roll ), of unknown origin. The verb is recorded from mid 15c. Wedge issue is attested from 1999 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Wedge — 〈[vɛ̣dʒ] m.; Gen.: od. s, Pl.: s; Sport; Golf〉 Schläger, dessen Schlagfläche wesentlich breiter als die normaler Golfschläger ist [Etym.: <engl. wedge »Keil«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Wedge — [wɛdʒ] der; [s], s <aus gleichbed. engl. wedge, eigtl. »Keil« (nach der Form der Schlagfläche)> Golfschläger mit bes. breiter Schlagfläche für bestimmte Schläge …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • wedge — index impact Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wedge — [wɛdʒ] n. m. ÉTYM. Mil. XXe; mot anglais. ❖ ♦ Anglic. Golf. Club à tête métallique pour les coups d approche (20 à 40 m) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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