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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wedge
  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.
  2. [Geom] A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
  3. A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form." Wedgesof gold." [Shak.]
  4. 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.]
  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)
  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.

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

verb Wedge
  1. To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a wedge; to rive."My heart, as wedgedwith a sigh, would rive in twain." [Shak.]
  2. To force or drive as a wedge is driven."Among the crowd in the abbey where a finger Could not be wedged in more." [Shak.]"He 's just the sort of man to wedge himself into a snug berth." [Mrs. J. H. Ewing.]
  3. To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to wedge one's way.
  4. To press closely; to fix, or make fast, in the manner of a wedge that is driven into something." Wedged in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast." [Dryden.]
  5. 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.
  6. [Pottery] To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc.
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  1. A block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
  2. Something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them
  3. (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole
  4. A heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe
  5. A diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate pronunciation
  6. A large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States
  7. Any shape that is triangular in cross section
  8. Squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
  9. Put, fix, force, or implant

Middle English wegge (“wedge”), Old English wecg (“wedge”), from Proto-Germanic *wagjaz.

  1. One of the simple machines; a piece of material, such as metal or wood, thick at one edge and tapered to a thin edge at the other for insertion in a narrow crevice, used for splitting, tightening, securing, or levering.
    Stick a under the door, will you? It keeps blowing shut.
  2. A piece (of food, etc.) having this shape.
    Can you cut me a of cheese?
    We ordered a box of baked potato with our pizza.
  3. (geometry) A five-sided polyhedron with a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
  4. (figuratively) Something that creates a division, gap or distance between things.
  5. (archaic) A flank of cavalry acting to split some portion of an opposing army, charging in an inverted V formation.
  6. (golf) A type of iron club used for short, high trajectories.
  7. A group of geese, swans or other birds when they are in flight in a V formation.
  8. One of a pair of wedge-heeled shoes.
  9. (colloquial, Britain) A quantity of money.
    I made a big fat from that job.
  10. (typography, US) háček
  11. (phonetics) The IPA character <ʌ>, which denotes an open-mid back unrounded vowel.
  12. (mathematics) The symbol , denoting a meet (infimum) operation or logical conjunction.
  13. (meteorology) a wedge tornado

From Wedgewood, surname of the person who occupied this position on the first list of 1828.

  1. (Britain, Cambridge University slang) The person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos.

    Notable Persons Named Wedge

    Wedge Antilles is an x-wing pilot, rogue squadron commander, wraith squadron commander, new republic general, supreme commander of corellia's armed forces, x-wing fighter, rogue squadron, wraith squadron, and new republic (star wars).


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Wedge

    Chris Wedge is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, cartoonist, and voice actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1982 to present. Chris was given the name John Christian Wedge on March 20th, 1957 in Binghamton, New York.


    Eric Wedge is a baseball. Eric was born on January 27th, 1968 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


    Dave was born on July 31st, 1970.


    Harry was born in 1958 in Cowra. He died in 2012.


    Frederick R. Wedge was a boxer, clergyman, educator, and clergy. Frederick was born on July 31st, 1880 in Michigan, USA. Frederick is also known as Kid" Wedge, The Fighting Parson", Wedge, and Kid (nickname). He breathed his last breath on March 3rd, 1953.


    Don was born on August 13th, 1929. He passed away on April 20th, 2012.


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    Popularity of Wedge as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Wedge U.S.
      White 89.28% 64.26%
      African American 5.77% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.69% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.28% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.87% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.11% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Wedge

    People with the last name Wedge are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Wedge

    • How Popular is the name Wedge? As a last name Wedge was the 12,566th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Wedge first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Wedge is Friday, December 23rd, 1892.
    • How unique is the name Wedge? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Wedge. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Wedge: Your name in reverse order is Egdew. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gdewe. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Wedge? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,463 people with the last name Wedge.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wedge? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Wedge as their last name since less than 1 person in 120k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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