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ledge

[lej] /lɛdʒ/
noun
1.
a relatively narrow, projecting part, as a horizontal, shelflike projection on a wall or a raised edge on a tray.
2.
a more or less flat shelf of rock protruding from a cliff or slope.
3.
a reef, ridge, or line of rocks in the sea or other body of water.
4.
Mining.
  1. a layer or mass of rock underground.
  2. a lode or vein.
5.
Carpentry. a member similar to but larger than a cleat.
6.
Shipbuilding. a minor transverse deck beam running between regular deck beams to form part of a coaming.
verb (used with object), ledged, ledging.
7.
to assemble (a door or the like) with ledges.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English legge, perhaps derivative of leggen to lay1; compare Middle High German legge layer, edge, Old English lecg part of a weapon
Related forms
ledgeless, adjective
unledged, adjective
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Examples for ledge
  • The year in college where my bed was a mattress on a ledge in a window nook in a finished attic.
  • The startled would-be suicide laughed and crawled back from his window ledge.
  • He climbed out on a third floor ledge and refused to come back inside.
  • There were piles of bodies, all in pieces, covering the ledge.
  • There's a reason that crowds gather when a potential jumper appears on a ledge.
  • We were standing on a ledge that dropped about five or six feet and created huge splashes.
  • But it is also a crack in the heart-a tightrope, a brink, a ledge.
  • Eat-in spaces can also be situated on an island or the ledge surrounding the cooktop or sink.
  • Soon our adventurer, perched on a ledge with nothing below but air, realizes he's stuck.
  • But the bias also protects and inspires us: it keeps us moving forward rather than to the nearest high-rise ledge.
British Dictionary definitions for ledge

ledge

/lɛdʒ/
noun
1.
a narrow horizontal surface resembling a shelf and projecting from a wall, window, etc
2.
a layer of rock that contains an ore; vein
3.
a ridge of rock that lies beneath the surface of the sea
4.
a narrow shelflike rock projection on a cliff or mountain
Derived Forms
ledgy, ledged, adjective
Word Origin
C14 legge, perhaps from leggen to lay1
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Word Origin and History for ledge
n.

late 13c., "crossbar on a door," perhaps from Middle English verb leggen "to place, lay" (see lay (v.)). Sense of "narrow shelf" is first recorded 1550s; "shelf-like projection of rock" is from 1550s.

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