- 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.
- [Geom] A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
- A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form." Wedgesof gold." [Shak.]
- Anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn up in such a form."In warlike muster they appear, In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings." [Milton.]
- 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)
- [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.
Etymology: OE. wegge, AS. wecg; akin to D. wig wigge, OHG. wecki, G. weck a (wedge-shaped) loaf, Icel. veggr, Dan. vægge, Sw. vigg, and probably to Lith. vagis a peg. Cf. Wigg