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[wejd] /wɛdʒd/
having the shape of a wedge.
Origin of wedged
1545-55; wedge + -ed3


[wej] /wɛdʒ/
a piece of hard material with two principal faces meeting in a sharply acute angle, for raising, holding, or splitting objects by applying a pounding or driving force, as from a hammer.
Compare machine (def 3b).
a piece of anything of like shape:
a wedge of pie.
a cuneiform character or stroke of this shape.
Meteorology. (formerly) an elongated area of relatively high pressure.
something that serves to part, split, divide, etc.:
The quarrel drove a wedge into the party organization.
Military. (formerly) a tactical formation generally in the form of a V with the point toward the enemy.
Golf. a club with an iron head the face of which is nearly horizontal, for lofting the ball, especially out of sand traps and high grass.
Optics. optical wedge.
Chiefly Coastal Connecticut and Rhode Island. a hero sandwich.
a wedge heel or shoe with such a heel.
verb (used with object), wedged, wedging.
to separate or split with or as if with a wedge (often followed by open, apart, etc.):
to wedge open a log.
to insert or fix with a wedge.
to pack or fix tightly:
to wedge clothes into a suitcase.
to thrust, drive, fix, etc., like a wedge:
He wedged himself through the narrow opening.
Ceramics. to pound (clay) in order to remove air bubbles.
to fell or direct the fall of (a tree) by driving wedges into the cut made by the saw.
verb (used without object), wedged, wedging.
to force a way like a wedge (usually followed by in, into, through, etc.):
The box won't wedge into such a narrow space.
before 900; Middle English wegge (noun), Old English wecg; cognate with dialectal German Weck (Old High German wecki), Old Norse veggr
Related forms
wedgelike, adjective
unwedge, verb (used with object), unwedged, unwedging.
14. cram, jam, stuff, crowd, squeeze.
Regional variation note
10. See hero sandwich. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wedged
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  • His small shop is wedged in between a florist and a ticket-scalper.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • The rails are fixed into holes, bored and wedged in the posts.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • The top spun up to the little Judge, wedged his head in between the giants' shoulders, and asked a question.

  • The inner end of the pole she wedged in a crevice of the split rock.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • The man was wedged into the rough wagon box, his feet and legs hanging over.

    The Jack-Knife Man Ellis Parker Butler
British Dictionary definitions for wedged


a block of solid material, esp wood or metal, that is shaped like a narrow V in cross section and can be pushed or driven between two objects or parts of an object in order to split or secure them
any formation, structure, or substance in the shape of a wedge: a wedge of cheese
something such as an idea, action, etc, that tends to cause division
a shoe with a wedge heel
(golf) a club with a face angle of more than 50°, used for bunker shots (sand wedge) or pitch shots (pitching wedge)
a wedge-shaped extension of the high pressure area of an anticyclone, narrower than a ridge
(mountaineering) a wedge-shaped device, formerly of wood, now usually of hollow steel, for hammering into a crack to provide an anchor point
any of the triangular characters used in cuneiform writing
(formerly) a body of troops formed in a V-shape
(photog) a strip of glass coated in such a way that it is clear at one end but becomes progressively more opaque towards the other end: used in making measurements of transmission density
(Brit, slang) a bribe
thin end of the wedge, anything unimportant in itself that implies the start of something much larger
(transitive) to secure with or as if with a wedge
to squeeze or be squeezed like a wedge into a narrow space
(transitive) to force apart or divide with or as if with a wedge
Derived Forms
wedgelike, adjective
wedgy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wecg; related to Old Saxon weggi, Old High German wecki, Old Norse veggr wall
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Word Origin and History for wedged



Old English wecg "a wedge," from Proto-Germanic *wagjaz (cf. Old Norse veggr, Middle Dutch wegge, Dutch wig, Old High German weggi "wedge," German Weck "wedge-shaped bread roll"), of unknown origin. Wedge issue is attested from 1999.


mid-15c., from wedge (n.). Related: Wedged; wedging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wedged



Devoted to and advocating preservation of the environment: Anyone favoring the bottle bill must be a web-foot conservationist

[1970s+; presumably fr the notion that lovers of wildlife are thus adapted to walking about in swamps; similar to web-foot, ''a native of the wet state of Oregon,'' and British ''a dweller in the fens of East Anglia'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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wedged in Technology

1. To be stuck, incapable of proceeding without help. This is different from having crashed. If the system has crashed, it has become totally non-functioning. If the system is wedged, it is trying to do something but cannot make progress; it may be capable of doing a few things, but not be fully operational. For example, a process may become wedged if it deadlocks with another (but not all instances of wedging are deadlocks). See also gronk, locked up, hosed. 2. Often refers to humans suffering misconceptions. "He's totally wedged - he's convinced that he can levitate through meditation." 3. [Unix] Specifically used to describe the state of a TTY left in a losing state by abort of a screen-oriented program or one that has messed with the line discipline in some obscure way.
There is some dispute over the origin of this term. It is usually thought to derive from a common description of recto-cranial inversion; however, it may actually have originated with older "hot-press" printing technology in which physical type elements were locked into type frames with wedges driven in by mallets. Once this had been done, no changes in the typesetting for that page could be made.
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