• Johnny rests his head on one hand and stares at a bird on the window ledge
    Johnny rests his head on one hand and stares at a bird on the window ledge
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ledge a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Willie looks out of the window, leaning on his hands on the ledge Willie looks out of the window, leaning on his hands on the ledge
Squanko sitting on a wide window ledge Squanko sitting on a wide window ledge
A kitten sits on a window ledge in the house, watching lots of other kittens outside A kitten sits on a window ledge in the house, watching lots of other kittens outside
wolfhound standing on rocky ledge wolfhound standing on rocky ledge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When stuntman and parachutist Dar Robinson leaped from the ledge of the 1,170 foot high CN Tower in Toronto, he was paid $150,000, the most ever for a single stunt.
    • Ledge A layer or stratum. "The lowest ledge or row should be of stone."
    • Ledge (Mining) A lode; a limited mass of rock bearing valuable mineral.
    • Ledge (Shipbuilding) A piece of timber to support the deck, placed athwartship between beams.
    • Ledge A shelf on which articles may be laid; also, that which resembles such a shelf in form or use, as a projecting ridge or part, or a molding or edge in joinery.
    • Ledge A shelf, ridge, or reef, of rocks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ledge A shelf on which articles may be placed; anything which resembles such a shelf; a flat rim or projection; as, the ledge of a window; a ledge of earth on the inner side of a parapet.
    • n ledge Specifically— In arch.: A small horizontal molding of rectangular profile. A string-course.
    • n ledge In joinery, a piece against which something rests, as the side of a rebate against which a door or shutter is stopped, or a projecting fillet serving the same purpose as the stop of a door, or the fillet which confines a window-frame in its place.
    • n ledge In ship-building, a. piece of the deck-frame of a ship, lying between the deck-beams.
    • n ledge A rail of a chair.
    • n ledge In printing, one of the pieces of furniture; a wedge, used in locking up a form of type.
    • n ledge A shelf-like ridge or elevation; any natural formation somewhat resembling a shelf: as, a ledge at the top of a precipice; a ledge of rock under water. In mining, ledge is a common name in the Cordilleran region for the lode, or for any outcrop supposed to be that of a mineral deposit or vein. It is frequently used, as reef is in Australia, to designate a quartz-vein.
    • n ledge A bar for fastening a gate.
    • ledge To lay (eggs).
    • ledge To lay hands on.
    • ledge To lay eggs.
    • ledge To allege.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ledge lej a shelf on which articles may be laid: that which resembles such a shelf: a ridge or shelf of rocks: a layer: a small moulding: a lode in mining
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to AS. licgan, to lie, Icel. liggja,; cf. Icel. lögg, the ledge or rim at the bottom of a cask. See Lie to be prostrate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat explains as Scand., allied to Sw. lagg, Ice. lögg, Norw. logg (pl. legger); cf. also Norw. lega, a couch; all from Ice. liggja; Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, to lie.


In literature:

When he reaches that ledge he will stop till we join him.
"The Crystal Hunters" by George Manville Fenn
When it began going into the holes, Glover went to the ledge to oversee the charging.
"The Daughter of a Magnate" by Frank H. Spearman
Here he sat down in the shadow of a ledge and took long breaths.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He stole nimbly along the ledge, making his way through the molle trees.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
I'm not going to walk off the ledge.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Then, at last, he came to the ledge with only a few feet of his doubled rope to spare.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
A series of ledges brought him up to a small plateau where scrub wood could be used to build the wickiups.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
He stole nimbly along the ledge, making his way through the molle trees.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
We had resumed walking along the ledge of the mountainside.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
And, where my slide begins, is a blessed ledge four foot by six.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay

In poetry:

"Take the punishment thou gavest,
Give before all there a pledge
For my freedom, or thy darling
Dying, falls from yonder ledge.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
As for the Ogre, in his sleep he tumbled
Down from that ledge of rock,
And was so bumped and bruised he never rallied,
But perished from the shock.
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
Upon the highest window-ledge
    A glowing scarlet flower shines down.
Oh, wistful sisterhood, whose home
    Has sanctified this quiet town!
"The Widow's House" by Sarah Orne Jewett
And the gardens, fair and wide,
Stretch upon the sunny side
Many a terrace-ledge.
Yew-walks, ghostly, grey, and dim:
Ordered lawns and flower-beds trim,
To the streamlet's edge.
"A Castle In Spain" by Cicely Fox Smith
An acre of land between the shore and the hills,
Upon a ledge that shows my kingdoms three,
The lovely visible earth and sky and sea
Where what the curlew needs not, the farmer tills:
"For These" by Edward Thomas
Where purple iris—banners scale
Defending wall and crumbling ledge,
And virgin windflowers, lithe and frail,
Now mantling red, now trembling pale,
Peep out from furrow and hide in hedge;
"Dedication To Lady Windsor" by Alfred Austin

In news:

A small school of bar jacks swim over a large, algae covered ledge at Pepper Park Beach in Fort Pierce.
California Hiker Rescued After Hanging on Ledge for More Than 2 Days.
Rescuer saves hiker from mountainside ledge .
A York man is still listed in critical condition after he reportedly jumped from a ledge inside the Moss Justice Center Monday.
'Man on a Ledge ,' 'The Grey,' 'One for the Money'.
Police officers and crisis negotiators managed to rescue a man threatening to jump from a second-story ledge at a downtown apartment building late Friday.
'Man on a Ledge ' review: Teetering between suspense and utter foolishness.
Movie Review Man on a Ledge : Pithy picture talks itself down.
We'll start with with "Man On A Ledge " Sam Worthington plays a escape con that threatens to commit suicide in a ploy to prove his innocence.
Sam Worthington's living on the ' Ledge '.
Sam Worthington stars as Nick Cassidy, an ex-cop who escapes his prison sentence for theft and climbs onto the ledge of a 21st-floor hotel window to proclaim his innocence.
Wish you would step back from that ledge , my friend: Elizabeth Banks and Sam Worthington.
"You gotta love New York," says a stock character in Asger Leth's stolidly literal-minded "Man on a Ledge .".

In science:

Machine Translation: A Know ledge-Based Approach.
An Efficient Generation Algorithm for Lexicalist MT
In classical statistical mechanics, incomplete know ledge about the real physical state of a system is described by “ensembles” of states, that is, by probability distributions ρ(p, q) on phase space (in Fig. 2.1 symbolically indicated by areas of uniform probability).
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
Specific quasiclassical know ledge may be incorporated into the definition of the ensemble of matrices in a natural and convenient way.
Quasiclassical Random Matrix Theory
We now add knowledge of the short period orbits and only this know ledge to the problem, in the spirit of the information theoretical approach of Balian .
Quasiclassical Random Matrix Theory
The formulas above give a way of including this know ledge into a prediction of the correlation functions.
Quasiclassical Random Matrix Theory