wedge

Definitions

  • 34 Wedged mortise and tenon
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wedge squeeze like a wedge into a tight space "I squeezed myself into the corner"
    • v wedge put, fix, force, or implant "lodge a bullet in the table","stick your thumb in the crack"
    • n wedge a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
    • n wedge something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them
    • n wedge (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole
    • n wedge a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe
    • n wedge a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate pronunciation
    • n wedge a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States
    • n wedge any shape that is triangular in cross section
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet, wedge, and saw fragment A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet,...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wedge (Golf) A golf club having an iron head with the face nearly horizontal, used for lofting the golf ball at a high angle, as when hitting the ball out of a sand trap or the rough.
    • Wedge A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form. "Wedges of gold."
    • Wedge A piece of metal, or other hard material, thick at one end, and tapering to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks, etc., in raising heavy bodies, and the like. It is one of the six elementary machines called the mechanical powers. See Illust. of Mechanical powers, under Mechanical.
    • Wedge (Geom) A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base, two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge, and two triangular ends.
    • Wedge Anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn up in such a form. "In warlike muster they appear,
      In rhombs, and wedges , and half-moons, and wings."
    • Wedge The person whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos; -- so called after a person (Wedgewood) who occupied this position on the first list of 1828.
    • Wedge To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a wedge; to rive. "My heart, as wedged with a sigh, would rive in twain."
    • Wedge (Pottery) To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc.
    • Wedge To fasten with a wedge, or with wedges; as, to wedge a scythe on the snath; to wedge a rail or a piece of timber in its place.
    • Wedge To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to wedge one's way.
    • Wedge To force or drive as a wedge is driven. "Among the crowd in the abbey where a finger
      Could not be wedged in more."
      "He 's just the sort of man to wedge himself into a snug berth."
    • Wedge To press closely; to fix, or make fast, in the manner of a wedge that is driven into something. "Wedged in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wedge In geometry, a prismatoid whose lower base is a rectangle, and upper base a line (sect) parallel to a basal edge.
    • n wedge In ancient oriental archæol., an arrow-headed character, the shape of which was produced by pressing one corner of a solid square wand or the like into soft clay.
    • n wedge A playing-card so trimmed that one end is narrower than the other, so that when a certain part of the pack is turned round it can be withdrawn again at will, no matter how much the pack may be shuffled in the meantime.
    • wedge In forestry, to force by wedges (a tree that is being felled) to topple over.
    • n wedge A simple machine consisting of a very acute-angled triaugular prism of hard material, which is driven in between objects to be separated, or into anything which is to be split. The wedge is merely a special application of an inclined plane, and is nowise entitled to a distinct place in the list of mechanical powers.
    • n wedge A mass resembling a wedge in form; anything in the form of a wedge.
    • n wedge In heraldry, a bearing representing a triangle with one very acute angle—that is, like a pile, but free in the escutcheon instead of being attached to one of its edges.
    • n wedge In Cambridge University, the name given to the man whose name stands lowest on the list of the classical tripos: said to be a designation suggested by the name (Wedgewood) of the man who occupied this place on the first list (1824). Compare wooden spoon, under spoon.
    • wedge To cleave with a wedge or with wedges; rive.
    • wedge To drive as a wedge is driven; crowd or compress closely; jam.
    • wedge To fasten with a wedge or with wedges; fix in the manner of a wedge: as, to wedge on a scythe; to wedge in a rail or a piece of timber.
    • wedge In ceramics, to cut, divide, and work together (a mass of wet clay) to drive out bubbles and render it plastic, just before placing it on the wheel.
    • wedge To make into the shape of a wedge; render cuneiform.
    • wedge To force apart or split off with or as with a wedge.
    • wedge To force one's way like a wedge.
    • n wedge A pledge; a gage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wedge wej a piece of wood or metal, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting: anything shaped like a wedge: a mass of metal: at Cambridge, the man lowest on the list of the classical tripos
    • v.t Wedge to cleave with a wedge: to force or drive with a wedge: to press closely: to fasten with a wedge: to make into a wedge
    • v.i Wedge to force one's way like a wedge
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Quotations

  • Norman Douglas
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    “One can always trust to time. Insert a wedge of time and nearly everything straightens itself out.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    “We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.”

Idioms

Drive a wedge - If you drive a wedge between people, you exploit an issue so that people start to disagree.
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Wedge politics - (USA) In wedge politics, one party uses an issue that they hope will divide members of a different party to create conflict and weaken it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wegge, AS. wecg,; akin to D. wig, wigge, OHG. wecki, G. weck, a (wedge-shaped) loaf, Icel. veggr, Dan. vægge, Sw. vigg, and probably to Lith. vagis, a peg. Cf. Wigg

Usage

In literature:

Tom leaped to his feet, but he was tightly wedged in between rows of women.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
His brows knit together into a wedge-like furrow, and with a twitch of pain he bit his under-lip.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
He was wedged so tightly in the bushes that he could scarcely move.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield
Here, bring the wedges.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
Black uniforms with white wedges.
"Dead World" by Jack Douglas
There were seven in all in the party and Kirchmann found himself wedged in between two houses, with his head under water.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Dickie reached the base of the projecting rock and wedging her slender body into a small fissure, peered cautiously through the cleft.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
I find myself wedged tight against a general.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
The top of the posts should be cut wedge-shaped, as shown by Fig.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
She bent one knee and wedged it into a niche.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
Any stirring of memory over it might be the thin end of a very big wedge.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
This is due to the neck being driven as a wedge into the trochanters, splitting them up.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Ugolini's servants formed a wedge around him, and in stunned silence they walked back to his mansion.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Beauregard aimed for the Landing, to seize the transports, using his force as a wedge to split the Union army off from the river.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Soon after, at Givet, the Germans succeeded in wedging their way across the Meuse.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Instantly with the shock of impact I reversed my engine, but my prow was wedged in the hole it had made in the battleship's stern.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Now, let's try the double wedge I showed you last week.
"Under Boy Scout Colors" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
His pals were standing against the side of the truck, wedged in by soldiers.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
A point had pierced her sides like a wedge.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Then May Dashwood and Miss Scott would be wedged in at the sides.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie
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In poetry:

Sound on, thou hammer sure and strong,
And fashion in thy toil
The wedge to split the stubborn rock,
The plough to rend the soil.
"Anvil And Newspaper" by Alexander Anderson
A wedge of black in sunset red,
Old Chief Mountain lifts its head;
Blood-stained in outlines colder,
The sun dies on its shoulder.
"Chief Mountain" by Norman MacLeod
"And then uprose before me,
Upon the water's edge,
The huge and haggard shape
Of that unknown North Cape,
Whose form is like a wedge.
"Discoverer Of The North Cape. A Leaf From King Alfred's Orosius. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And far below their steadfast wedge,
They heard (and hastened on)
Men thresh and clamour through the sedge
Aghast that they were gone!
"The Flight" by Rudyard Kipling
Wedged toward the West's cold luridness
The wild geese fly 'neath roseless domes;
The wild cry of the leader comes
Distant and harsh with loneliness.
"A November Sketch" by Madison Julius Cawein
Not in rich furniture, or fine array,
Nor in a wedge of gold, Thou, who from me wast sold,
To me dost now thyself convey;
For so thou should'st without me still have been,
Leaving within me sinne:
"The Holy Communion" by George Herbert

In news:

Wedge known as hard worker who puts his players first.
Unwrap a wedge of Vento d'Estate, a cheese made near Treviso, an Italian town north of Venice, and you'll think you've uncorked a good sauvignon blanc.
Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer The first decision for Mark Shapiro and the Dolans' leadership team is obvious -- make a call on the status of manager Eric Wedge.
A look at some of the hottest high-top wedge styles for fall 2012.
Mariah Carey and her entourage move through the MTV hallways in a flying wedge, backing Taylor Swift into her dressing room.
Congress members in Pelosi's pocket could drive a wedge between them and their constituents that will prove of value once elections begin.
1 pound 'Yukon Gold' potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch-thick wedges.
Fried or grilled chicken, or even a shuddersome wedge of what passes for a burger, are dressed with shredded lettuce and cheese and wrapped in a flour tortilla.
Olden -day wedges transformed into new-age dishes.
Part 2 of 2 Stjernholm, Son and Grandson Buffalo Acres occupies a wedge of land in unincorporated Lakewood between Mt Carbon Dam, which holds back Bear Creek Lake, and a new golf course.
A Fertle Holiday In the mood for a big wedge of Mildred's butter pie.
Monitor wedges are an essential part of most shows that feature musicians on stage.
Ray Charles did not always feel the need for wedges.
Every night I find myself wedged between my 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son trying to get them to sleep.
Mariners catcher John Jaso has evolved into a trusted wingman for ace Felix Hernandez and a clutch hitter for manager Eric Wedge.
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In science:

Theorem 2.17. Fτ (x) = Rk (x) for any generalized wedge pattern τ of k-letters.
restricted 1-3-2 permutations and generalized patterns
Markov chains in a wedge with excitable boundaries, preprint universit de Rennes 1, 2000.
Random walks on randomly oriented lattices
Markov chains in a wedge with excitable boundaries, preprint universit de Rennes 1, 2000.
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
S = xdy ∧ dz − K dH ∧ dt, where ∧ represents Cartan’s wedge product and S = S (y , z , t) is a differential 1-form.
Cubic Matrix, Nambu Mechanics and Beyond
In the present case, O is an AdS wedge W , T is the boundary, and O ∩ T is the corresponding boundary double-cone K .
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
Sect. 4), and iff the wedge W (J ′ ) contains W (K ) and has ω as a boundary point (ω ∈ ∂W ).
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
P{W node ≤ t} ≡ wnode (t), P{W edge ≤ t} ≡ wedge (t).
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
The edges of these graph are equipped with random weights Wi,j which are selected independently from a common distribution P{Wi,j ≤ t} = wedge (t), 0 ≤ t ≤ Bw < ∞, where [0, Bw ] is the support of this distribution.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
P ) α) = f (α = π/θ) = ˆf (θ), thus unveiling the same invariant underlying wedge distribution as the harmonic measure (see also ).
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
Remarkably enough, the second term also describes the contribution by a wedge to the density of electromagnetic modes in a cavity [103].
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
For a large scaling star, the typical set of singularity exponents { ˆαi}, or wedge angles { ˆθi}, is thus given by the symmetric set of values (7.38).
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
Then it has the form Cw = X fijkWxi Lxk Ixj , where I , L, W are the operators of contraction, Lie derivative, and wedging, respectively.
On the Cachazo-Douglas-Seiberg-Witten conjecture for simple Lie algebras
Okounkov, The Character of the Infinite Wedge Representation, Adv.
The uses of random partitions
In [F], Farmer proves that Kn is homotopy equivalent to a wedge of (n − 1)-spheres thus showing that the homology of (M∗ , ∂∗ ) vanishes except at top degree.
A Hodge decomposition for the complex of injective words
In particular, this shows that the order complex of any interval in such a lattice is shellable and hence contractible or homotopy equivalent to a wedge of spheres.
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
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