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 for wedge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wedge \Wedge\ (w[e^]j), n. [OE. wegge, AS. wecg; akin to D. wig,
     wigge, OHG. wecki, G. weck a (wedge-shaped) loaf, Icel.
     veggr, Dan. v[ae]gge, Sw. vigg, and probably to Lith. vagis a
     peg. Cf. Wigg.]
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     1. A piece of metal, or other hard material, thick at one
        end, and tapering to a thin edge at the other, used in
        splitting wood, rocks, etc., in raising heavy bodies, and
        the like. It is one of the six elementary machines called
        the mechanical powers. See Illust. of Mechanical powers,
        under Mechanical.
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     2. (Geom.) A solid of five sides, having a rectangular base,
        two rectangular or trapezoidal sides meeting in an edge,
        and two triangular ends.
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     3. A mass of metal, especially when of a wedgelike form.
        "Wedges of gold." --Shak.
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     4. Anything in the form of a wedge, as a body of troops drawn
        up in such a form.
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              In warlike muster they appear,
              In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings.
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     5. The person whose name stands lowest on the list of the
        classical tripos; -- so called after a person (Wedgewood)
        who occupied this position on the first list of 1828.
        [Cant, Cambridge Univ., Eng.] --C. A. Bristed.
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     6. (Golf) A golf club having an iron head with the face
        nearly horizontal, used for lofting the golf ball at a
        high angle, as when hitting the ball out of a sand trap or
        the rough.
     Fox wedge. (Mach. & Carpentry) See under Fox.
     Spherical wedge (Geom.), the portion of a sphere included
        between two planes which intersect in a diameter.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wedge \Wedge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wedged; p. pr. & vb. n.
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     1. To cleave or separate with a wedge or wedges, or as with a
        wedge; to rive. "My heart, as wedged with a sigh, would
        rive in twain." --Shak.
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     2. To force or drive as a wedge is driven.
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              Among the crowd in the abbey where a finger
              Could not be wedged in more.          --Shak.
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              He 's just the sort of man to wedge himself into a
              snug berth.                           --Mrs. J. H.
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     3. To force by crowding and pushing as a wedge does; as, to
        wedge one's way. --Milton.
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     4. To press closely; to fix, or make fast, in the manner of a
        wedge that is driven into something.
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              Wedged in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast.
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     5. To fasten with a wedge, or with wedges; as, to wedge a
        scythe on the snath; to wedge a rail or a piece of timber
        in its place.
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     6. (Pottery) To cut, as clay, into wedgelike masses, and work
        by dashing together, in order to expel air bubbles, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any shape that is triangular in cross section [syn:
           wedge, wedge shape, cuneus]
      2: 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 [syn: bomber,
         grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, Cuban
         sandwich, Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub,
         submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge, zep]
      3: a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above
         certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate
         pronunciation [syn: hacek, wedge]
      4: a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe [syn:
         wedge heel, wedge]
      5: (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole
      6: something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped
         like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate
      7: a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a
         heavy object [syn: chock, wedge]
      v 1: put, fix, force, or implant; "lodge a bullet in the table";
           "stick your thumb in the crack" [syn: lodge, wedge,
           stick, deposit] [ant: dislodge, free]
      2: squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; "I squeezed myself
         into the corner" [syn: wedge, squeeze, force]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  101 Moby Thesaurus words for "wedge":
     arrowhead, articulate, batten, batten down, bed, bolt, buckle,
     butt, button, character, clasp, cleat, clip, confirm, crowbar,
     cuneiform, deep-dye, define, demotic character, determinative,
     dovetail, embed, engraft, engrave, entrench, establish, etch, fix,
     found, get a foothold, get leverage, grammalogue, ground, hasp,
     hieratic symbol, hieroglyph, hieroglyphic, hieroglyphics, hinge,
     hiragana, hitch, hook, ideogram, ideograph, impact, implant,
     impress, imprint, infix, ingrain, inscribe, jam, jimmy, joint,
     kana, katakana, latch, lever, lock, lodge, logogram, logograph,
     miter, mortise, nail, ogham, pack, peg, phonetic, phonetic symbol,
     pictogram, pictograph, pin, plant, print, prize, pry, rabbet,
     radical, rivet, root, rune, scarf, screw, seat, set, set in,
     settle, sew, shorthand, skewer, snap, stamp, staple, stereotype,
     stick, stitch, tack, toggle, word letter, zipper

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