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wedge

wedge

 
 
pronunciation:
wej
parts of speech:
noun, verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a piece of wood or metal shaped like a triangle with a thin edge. A wedge is driven or forced between objects to split, lift, or make them stronger.
He split the wood with a wedge.They leveled out the floor by driving wedges beneath it.
similar words:
block
definition 2: anything in the form of a triangle with two nearly equal sides.
I own a wedge of land in the city.He ate a wedge of cake.
similar words:
block, chunk, slice, triangle
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: wedged, wedges, wedging
definition 1: to split or force apart with a wedge (often followed by "open" or "apart").
She wedged open the window with a hammer.He wedged apart the two boards.
synonyms:
pry, split
similar words:
force
definition 2: to fix firmly in place with a wedge.
He wedged the wheels of his truck so that it would not roll.
similar words:
fasten, fix, jam, secure
definition 3: to force or thrust into a narrow space.
Four people wedged themselves into the phone booth at once.
synonyms:
cram, jam, squeeze
similar words:
crowd, pack, press, ram, shove, stick, stow, stuff, thrust
derivation: wedgelike (adj.)