There are 2 definitions of wedge in English:


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1A piece of wood, metal, or some other material having one thick end and tapering to a thin edge, that is driven between two objects or parts of an object to secure or separate them.
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  • An anchorage consists of a cast-iron bearing plate and special wedges to secure the strand inside the anchor housing.
  • Once the wedge is secured, slide the fender into the exposed slot until it clicks.
  • Once home I lost no time in trying out the metal wedge and managed to split quite a pile of logs before I'd had enough.
doorstop, chock, block, stop
1.1An object or piece of something having the shape of a wedge: a wedge of cheese
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  • In France, it's bad form to cut the point off a wedge of cheese.
  • Finally, there is usually a small piece of fruit - a wedge of apple, a small piece of watermelon, or a few grapes.
  • Eat breakfast - even if it's only a wedge of cheese on a cracker with your morning coffee - to avoid daytime fatigue.
hunk, segment, triangle, slice, section; chunk, lump, slab, block, piece
1.2A formation of people or animals in the shape of a wedge.
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  • The B17s flew in a wedge formation that should have given them massive fire power against any attackers.
  • The Combined Fleet flew in a wedge formation, with the battleships at the point and the cruisers on the flanks.
  • We are in wedge formation, one to each side of me and one watching my back.
1.3A golf club with a low, angled face for maximum loft.
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  • There's enough loft on a wedge when the shaft sits perpendicular to the ground.
  • But then you look at the pros on TV, and they always seem to pull out a pitching wedge or sand iron and chip it from just off the green.
  • Decide if you need a wedge with a loft between your sand wedge and pitching wedge.
1.4A golf shot made with a wedge.
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  • Tiger Woods hits a brilliant wedge to within two feet of the pin at the 15th.
  • On the day I paid him some attention, Freddie hit a wedge to the final green on the old course.
  • All we have today are young, strong guys who launch the ball off the tee, then hit wedges to almost every green.
1.5A shoe, typically having a fairly high heel, of which the heel and sole form a solid block, with no gap under the instep.
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  • The look that dominated the '70s has women trading in their high heels for wedges that are casual and often more comfortable.
  • Show your toes with strappy flats, heels or wedges.
  • Weekends at the beach call for designer wedges.
1.6A wedge heel.
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  • He wears a black tracksuit zipped right up, shiny black shoes with a wedge to give him height and small red sunglasses.
  • I wore shoes with wedges about half that size and my feet were killing me!
  • Also we have stiletto pumps and boots with wedges and clear - transparent - acrylic shoes.
1.7 Music another term for dash.


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1 [with object] Fix in position using a wedge: [with object and complement]: the door was wedged open
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  • Fire officers also raised concerns that the stairs enclosure could be compromised due to doors being wedged open.
  • Staff say their health is suffering because classrooms in the new school are too small and ventilation is so poor they have little choice but to break safety rules by wedging fire doors open.
  • The doors will be wedged open to allow in freezing winter air.
2 [with object] Force into a narrow space: I wedged the bags into the back seat
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  • ‘I could not see my mother at first but she had wedged herself under the table so she was all right,’ she said.
  • One larger sized doctor finally wedged himself between them and pushed them apart.
  • She wedged herself as far as she could into the cavity.
squeeze, cram, jam, ram, force, push, shove
informal stuff


Old English wecg (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wig.


drive a wedge between

Separate: the general aimed to drive a wedge between the city and its northern defenses
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  • This advance also served to drive a wedge between the Germans and Central Gaul.
  • Within four days they had driven a wedge forty miles deep into the British positions and threatened to break the Allied lines altogether.
Cause disagreement or hostility between: his parents drove a wedge between us
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  • That drove a wedge between the pair that ultimately led to Dunn rejecting the offer of a new contract in the summer and deciding on a move to Birmingham.
  • He said the pressure drove a wedge between him and his partner, who moved out taking their three children with her.
  • Clearly, terrorism is about driving a wedge between east and west.

thin end of the wedge

informal An action or procedure of little importance in itself, but likely to lead to more serious developments.
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  • He said: ‘I am concerned that this is the thin end of the wedge.’
  • It has been put to me that this is the thin end of the wedge.
  • But he has praised shared campuses - seen by some as the thin end of the wedge - where Catholic and Protestant children are taught separately but on the same premises in a bid to tackle religious hatred.

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[with object]
Prepare (pottery clay) for use by cutting, kneading, and throwing down to homogenize it and remove air pockets.


late 17th century: of unknown origin.

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