ledge

[lej]
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.
a.
a layer or mass of rock underground.
b.
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:
1300–50; Middle English legge, perhaps derivative of leggen to lay1; compare Middle High German legge layer, edge, Old English lecg part of a weapon

ledgeless, adjective
unledged, adjective
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ledge (lɛdʒ)
 
n
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
 
[C14 legge, perhaps from leggen to lay1]
 
'ledgy
 
adj
 
ledged
 
adj

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ledge
c.1272, "crossbar on a door," perhaps from M.E. verb leggen "to place, lay" (see lay (v.)). Sense of "narrow shelf" is first recorded 1558; "shelf-like projection of rock" is from 1555.
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Example sentences
The kids need to be kept from being run over and falling off ledges.
They whitewash ledges and pick at filthy crumbs in the gutter.
Many buildings downtown have ledges about eight feet or so above the ground.
They weld metal knobs to ledges and put concrete planters or poles at the
  bottom of handrails.
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