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

  Wedge \Wedge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wedged; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Wedging.]
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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.
                                                    Ewing.
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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.
                                                    --Dryden.
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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.
        --Tomlinson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  wedged
      adj 1: wedged or packed in together; "an impacted tooth" [syn:
             impacted, wedged]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  30 Moby Thesaurus words for "wedged":
     aground, anchored, bonded, caught, cemented, chained, close, fast,
     fastened, firm, fixed, glued, grounded, held, high and dry,
     impacted, inextricable, jammed, moored, packed, secure, set,
     stranded, stuck, stuck fast, taped, tethered, tied, tight,
     transfixed
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  wedged
   adj.
  
      1. To be stuck, incapable of proceeding without help. This is different
      from having crashed. If the system has crashed, it has become totally
      non-functioning. If the system is wedged, it is trying to do something but
      cannot make progress; it may be capable of doing a few things, but not be
      fully operational. For example, a process may become wedged if it deadlock
      s with another (but not all instances of wedging are deadlocks). See also
      gronk, locked up, hosed, hung (wedged is more severe than hung).
  
      2. Often refers to humans suffering misconceptions. ?He's totally wedged ?
      he's convinced that he can levitate through meditation.?
  
      3. [Unix] Specifically used to describe the state of a TTY left in a losing
      state by abort of a screen-oriented program or one that has messed with the
      line discipline in some obscure way.
  
      There is some dispute over the origin of this term. It is usually thought
      to derive from a common description of recto-cranial inversion; however, it
      may actually have originated with older ?hot-press? printing technology in
      which physical type elements were locked into type frames with wedges
      driven in by mallets. Once this had been done, no changes in the
      typesetting for that page could be made.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  wedged
  
     1. To be stuck, incapable of proceeding without help.  This is
     different from having crashed.  If the system has crashed, it
     has become totally non-functioning.  If the system is wedged,
     it is trying to do something but cannot make progress; it may
     be capable of doing a few things, but not be fully
     operational.  For example, a process may become wedged if it
     deadlocks with another (but not all instances of wedging are
     deadlocks).  See also gronk, locked up, hosed.  2. Often
     refers to humans suffering misconceptions.  "He's totally
     wedged - he's convinced that he can levitate through
     meditation."  3. [Unix] Specifically used to describe the
     state of a TTY left in a losing state by abort of a
     screen-oriented program or one that has messed with the line
     discipline in some obscure way.
  
     There is some dispute over the origin of this term.  It is
     usually thought to derive from a common description of
     recto-cranial inversion; however, it may actually have
     originated with older "hot-press" printing technology in which
     physical type elements were locked into type frames with
     wedges driven in by mallets.  Once this had been done, no
     changes in the typesetting for that page could be made.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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