- The definition of a ledge is a shelf or ridge that sticks out from something.
An example of a ledge is the cliff of a mountain that you can stand on.
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- a shelf or shelflike projection
- a projecting ridge of rocks
- such a ridge under the surface of the water near the shore
- Mining a vein
Origin: Middle English legge, probably from base of leggen, to lay
- ledgy adjective
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- A horizontal projection forming a narrow shelf on a wall.
- A cut or projection forming a shelf on a cliff or rock wall.
- An underwater ridge or rock shelf.
- A level of rock-bearing ore; a vein.
Origin: Middle English, crossbar, probably from leggen, to lay, from Old English lecgan; see legh- in Indo-European roots.
- ledgˈy adjective