hedge
I. noun Etymology: Middle English hegge, from Old English hecg; akin to Old English haga hedge, hawthorn Date: before 12th century 1. a. a fence or boundary formed by a dense row of shrubs or low trees b. barrier, limit 2. a means of protection or defense (as against financial loss) 3. a calculatedly noncommittal or evasive statement II. verb (hedged; hedging) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to enclose or protect with or as if with a hedge ; encircle 2. to hem in or obstruct with or as if with a barrier ; hinder <
hedged about by special regulations and statutes — Sandi Rosenbloom
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3. to protect oneself from losing or failing by a counterbalancing action <
hedge a bet
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intransitive verb 1. to plant, form, or trim a hedge 2. to evade the risk of commitment especially by leaving open a way of retreat ; trim 3. to protect oneself financially: as a. to buy or sell commodity futures as a protection against loss due to price fluctuation b. to minimize the risk of a bet • hedger nounhedgingly adverb III. adjective Date: 14th century 1. of, relating to, or designed for a hedge 2. born, living, or made near or as if near hedges ; roadside 3. inferior 3

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  • Hedge — Hedge, n. [OE. hegge, AS. hecg; akin to haga an inclosure, E. haw, AS. hege hedge, E. haybote, D. hegge, OHG. hegga, G. hecke. [root]12. See {Haw} a hedge.] A thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a thicket planted as a fence… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hedge — Hedge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hedged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hedging}.] 1. To inclose or separate with a hedge; to fence with a thickly set line or thicket of shrubs or small trees; as, to hedge a field or garden. [1913 Webster] 2. To obstruct, as a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hedge — Hedge, v. i. 1. To shelter one s self from danger, risk, duty, responsibility, etc., as if by hiding in or behind a hedge; to skulk; to slink; to shirk obligations. [1913 Webster] I myself sometimes, leaving the fear of God on the left hand and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hedge — may refer to:*Hedge (barrier) or hedgerow, line of closely spaced shrubs planted to act as a barrier *Hedge (finance), investment made to limit loss *Hedge (linguistics), intentionally non committal or ambiguous sentence fragmentsee also*Hedgerow …   Wikipedia

  • Hedge — bezeichnet: das Hedgegeschäft im Finanzbereich eine adverbiale oder adjektivische Wendung, genannt Heckenausdruck Ian Charleson Hedge (* 1928), schottischer Botaniker Thomas Hedge (1844–1920), US amerikanischer Politiker Siehe auch:… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • hedge — / hej/ vi hedged, hedg·ing: to reduce possible losses in speculative transactions by engaging in offsetting transactions (as futures trading) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. hedge …   Law dictionary

  • hedge — [hej] n. [ME hegge < OE hecg, akin to Ger hecke < IE base * kagh , wickerwork, wickerwork pen > ON heggr, L caulae, sheepfold: basic sense “woven fence, enclosure”] 1. a row of closely planted shrubs, bushes, or trees forming a boundary… …   English World dictionary

  • hedge — ► NOUN 1) a fence or boundary formed by closely growing bushes or shrubs. 2) a contract entered into or asset held as a protection against possible financial loss. 3) a word or phrase used to allow for additional possibilities or to avoid over… …   English terms dictionary

  • hedge — [n] boundary, obstacle, especially one made of plants barrier, bush, enclosure, fence, guard, hedgerow, hurdle, protection, quickset, screen, shrubbery, thicket, windbreak; concepts 429,470 hedge [v1] avoid, dodge beat around the bush*, be… …   New thesaurus

  • Hedge — (spr. Hedsch), Frederick Henry, geb. 1805 zu Cambridge im Staate Massachusetts, ging 1818 mit George Bancroft nach Deutschland u. besuchte seit 1821 Schulpforte, kehrte 1823 nach Amerika zurück, studirte auf der Harvard Universität in Cambridge,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Hedge — A transaction that reduces the risk of an investment. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * ▪ I. hedge hedge 1 [hedʒ] noun [countable] FINANCE something that gives you protection against a financial risk, for example futures (= agreements… …   Financial and business terms

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