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WEDGE, noun [This word signifies a mass, a lump.]

1. A mass of metal; as a wedge of gold or silver. Joshua 7:21.

2. A piece of metal, particularly iron, thick at one end and sloping to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks, etc. This is one of the five mechanical powers. A like piece of wood is by some persons called a wedge or a glut.

3. Something in the form of a wedge Sometimes bodies of troops are drawn up in the form of a wedge

WEDGE, verb transitive

1. To cleave with a wedge; to rive. [Little Used.]

2. To drive as a wedge is drive; to crowd or compress closely. We were wedged in by the crowd.

3. To force, as a wedge forces its way; as, to wedge ones way.

4. To fasten with a wedge or with wedges; as, to wedge on a sythe; to wedge in a rail or a piece of timber.

5. To fix in the manner of a wedge

Wedgd in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast.