wedge

A wedge is a block of wood that keeps a door propped open, or a problem that pulls people apart, like the jealousy that drove a wedge between two friends.

Wedge means "triangle-shaped." Pieces of pie are wedges. So are tortilla chips. In some parts of the country, a sandwich on a long roll is called a wedge, or a wedgie, while in other places, it's a hoagie or sub. Just about everywhere, the wedge you get in the schoolyard means your underwear are pulled up between your butt cheeks, which is consistent with the verb form of wedge: to squeeze into a tight space.

Definitions of wedge
  1. noun
    something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them
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    ax head, axe head
    the cutting head of an ax
    colter, coulter
    a sharp steel wedge that precedes the plow and cuts vertically through the soil
    moldboard, mouldboard
    wedge formed by the curved part of a steel plow blade that turns the furrow
    ploughshare, plowshare, share
    a sharp steel wedge that cuts loose the top layer of soil
    coign, coigne, quoin
    expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
    shim
    a thin wedge of material (wood or metal or stone) for driving into crevices
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    inclined plane
    a simple machine for elevating objects; consists of plane surface that makes an acute angle with the horizontal
  2. noun
    any shape that is triangular in cross section
    synonyms: cuneus, wedge shape
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    triangle, trigon, trilateral
    a three-sided polygon
  3. noun
    a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate pronunciation
    synonyms: hacek
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    diacritic, diacritical mark
    a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
  4. noun
    a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe
    synonyms: wedge heel
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    heel
    the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation
  5. noun
    (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole
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    pitching wedge
    a wedge used to loft the golf ball over obstacles
    sand wedge
    a wedge used to get out of sand traps
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    iron
    a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head
  6. noun
    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
    synonyms: Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, zep
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    sandwich
    two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
  7. noun
    a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
    synonyms: chock
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    sprag
    a chock or bar wedged under a wheel or between the spokes to prevent a vehicle from rolling down an incline
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    block
    a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
  8. verb
    squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
    synonyms: force, squeeze
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    impact
    press or wedge together; pack together
    compact, compress, pack together
    make more compact by or as if by pressing
    pack, tamp, tamp down
    press down tightly
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  9. verb
    put, fix, force, or implant
    synonyms: deposit, lodge, stick
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    dislodge, free
    remove or force out from a position
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    redeposit
    deposit anew
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    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
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