Meaning of “wedge” in the English Dictionary

"wedge" in British English

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wedgenoun

uk /wedʒ/ us /wedʒ/

wedge noun (SHAPE)

[ C ] a piece of metal, wood, rubber, etc. with a pointed edge at one end and a wide edge at the other, either pushed between two objects to keep them still or forced into something to break pieces off it:

Push a wedge under the door to keep it open while we're carrying the boxes in.
Pieces of stone can be split off by forcing wedges between the layers.

[ C ] a piece of something, especially food, in the shape of a triangle:

Auntie Ann put a huge wedge of cake on my plate.
a wedge of cheese

wedgeverb [ T ]

uk /wedʒ/ us /wedʒ/

to make something stay in a particular position by using a wedge:

[ + adj ] Find something to wedge the window open/closed with.

to put something into a very small or narrow space, so that it cannot move easily:

Her shoe came off and got wedged between the bars.
I was standing waiting for a bus, wedged between (= fixed between and unable to move away from) two old ladies and their bags of shopping.

(Definition of “wedge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wedge" in American English

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wedgenoun [ C ]

us /wedʒ/

a piece of wood, metal, or other material with a pointed edge at one end and a wide edge at the other, used to keep two things apart or, when forced between two things, to break them apart:

A wedge under the door kept it open.
wedge
verb [ T ] us /wedʒ/

He wedged the window open with a screwdriver.

(Definition of “wedge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)