Definition of ledge in English:

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Pronunciation: /lɛdʒ/


1A narrow horizontal surface projecting from a wall, cliff, or other surface: he heaved himself up over a ledge
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  • Next month we'll look at those tricky double ledges where a second ledge is close behind the first.
  • The water droplets that remain on surfaces leave mineral deposits that form little ledges that collect more mineral deposits and scum each time the shower is used.
  • It has a rich and varied flora due to a combination of limestone ledges and limey soils, and separate areas of non-limy glacial deposits.
shelf, sill, mantel, mantelpiece, mantelshelf, shelving;
projection, protrusion, overhang, extension, ridge, step, prominence, spur, jut, bulge, flange
1.1A window ledge.
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  • He had to climb out of the window onto the next ledge to get away from the fire.
  • Thyme, oregano, basil, tarragon, and parsley are all likely contenders for windows with ledges at nose height.
  • She thrust one hand through the window, gripping the ledge inside, and heard a soft grunt of surprise as her fingers grazed softness.
2An underwater ridge, especially of rocks beneath the sea near the shore: a reef ledge
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  • Cleaner wrasses set up cleaning stations near rocks or under ledges on the reef.
  • Turtles rest on the reef top or on ledges beneath coral overhangs, though they can often be seen cruising along the reef edge.
  • My buddy enthusiastically pointed out a lobster beneath a ledge, as well as a miniature version that was only about 3cm long!
3 Mining A stratum of metal- or ore-bearing rock; a vein of quartz or other mineral.
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  • They were only cobbles and small, irregular outcrops, not large ledges of obviously layered strata.
  • Claims in the Gilman area to the north of Red Cliff were being developed on steeply dipping veins in granite and on gently dipping ledges in both quartzite and dolomite.



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  • When a ledged and braced boarded door is used as an external door, the boards should face outwards.
  • Almost all styles are available off the shelf and some, such as ledged and braced, can be bought in kit form.
  • However, one cannot fix a mortise lock to an internal oak ledged and braced door.


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  • It is most common in the yellow pine woods, although rather plentiful on ledgy northerly slopes higher up.
  • It passes through sections where semi-open and ledgy ground requires a moment's study to stay on the trail.
  • Likewise, the uppermost ledgy interval grades into the more distinct ledges of the overlying Wah Wah Limestone.


Middle English (denoting a strip of wood or other material fixed across a door, gate, etc.): perhaps from an early form of lay1. sense 1 dates from the mid 16th century.

Words that rhyme with ledge

allege, dredge, edge, fledge, hedge, kedge, pledge, reg, sedge, sledge, veg, wedge

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