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

n 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
a thin wedge of material (wood or metal or stone) for driving into crevices
Type of:
inclined plane
a simple machine for elevating objects; consists of plane surface that makes an acute angle with the horizontal

n any shape that is triangular in cross section

cuneus, wedge shape
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triangle, trigon, trilateral
a three-sided polygon

n a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate pronunciation

Type of:
diacritic, diacritical mark
a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation

n a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe

wedge heel
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the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation

n (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole

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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a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head

n 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

Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, zep
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two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them

n a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object

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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a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)

v squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

force, squeeze
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

v put, fix, force, or implant

deposit, lodge, stick
dislodge, free
remove or force out from a position
deposit anew
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fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

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