WEDGE, n. This word signifies a mass, a lump.
1. A mass of metal; as a wedge of gold or silver. Joshua 7.
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, &c. 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.
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.