- a piece of hard material, as wood or metal, tapering from a thick back to a thin edge that can be driven or forced into a narrow opening, as to split wood, lift a heavy weight, or fix something firmly in place
- anything shaped like a wedge or having a wedge-shaped part [a wedge of pie, a lime wedge]; specif.,
- a wedge-shaped stroke in cuneiform writing
- a wedge-shaped tactical formation, as of troops
- Golf an iron with a specially weighted head and the face angled to give the most loft, as for shots out of bunkers
- any action or procedure that serves to open the way for a gradual change, disruption, intrusion, etc.
Origin of wedgeMiddle English wegge from Old English wecg, akin to German dialect, dialectal weck from Indo-European an unverified form wogwhyo-, wedge, akin to an unverified form wogwhni-s, plowshare from source Classical Latin vomis, Old High German waganso
transitive verbwedged, wedg′ing
- to split or force apart with or as with a wedge
- to fix firmly in place by driving a wedge or wedges under, beside, etc.
- to force or pack (in)
- to force or crowd together in a narrow space