[lej] /lɛdʒ/

a relatively narrow, projecting part, as a horizontal, shelflike projection on a wall or a raised edge on a tray.
a more or less flat shelf of rock protruding from a cliff or slope.
a reef, ridge, or line of rocks in the sea or other body of water.

Carpentry. a member similar to but larger than a cleat.
Shipbuilding. a minor transverse deck beam running between regular deck beams to form part of a coaming.
verb (used with object), ledged, ledging.
to assemble (a door or the like) with ledges.
a narrow horizontal surface resembling a shelf and projecting from a wall, window, etc
a layer of rock that contains an ore; vein
a ridge of rock that lies beneath the surface of the sea
a narrow shelflike rock projection on a cliff or mountain

late 13c., “crossbar on a door,” perhaps from Middle English verb leggen “to place, lay” (see lay (v.)). Sense of “narrow shelf” is first recorded 1550s; “shelf-like projection of rock” is from 1550s.


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