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Definition of wedge:

  1. A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form.
  2. 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.
  3. A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
  4. Anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn up in such a form.
  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.
  6. To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a wedge; to rive.
  7. To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc.
  8. To fasten with a wedge, or with wedges; as, to wedge a scythe on the snath; to wedge a rail or a piece of timber in its place.
  9. To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to wedge one's way.
  10. To force or drive as a wedge is driven.
  11. To press closely; to fix, or make fast, in the manner of a wedge that is driven into something.


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