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Meaning of HEDGE

Pronunciation:  hej

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
  2. [n]  an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement; "when you say `maybe' you are just hedging"
  3. [n]  taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change and so limiting financial risk
  4. [v]  avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"

HEDGE is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedgerow, hedging, hedging, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
 See Also: avoid, equivocation, evasion, fence, fencing, privet hedge, protection, quibble, security, shelterbelt, windbreak



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hedge\, n. [OE. hegge, AS. hecg; akin to haga an
    inclosure, E. haw, AS. hege hedge, E. haybote, D. hegge, OHG.
    hegga, G. hecke. [root]12. See {Haw} a hedge.]
    A thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a
    thicket planted as a fence between any two portions of land;
    and also any sort of shrubbery, as evergreens, planted in a
    line or as a fence; particularly, such a thicket planted
    round a field to fence it, or in rows to separate the parts
    of a garden.
          The roughest berry on the rudest hedge.  --Shak.
          Through the verdant maze Of sweetbrier hedges I pursue
          my walk.                                 --Thomson.
    Note: Hedge, when used adjectively or in composition, often
          means rustic, outlandish, illiterate, poor, or mean;
          as, hedge priest; hedgeborn, etc.
    {Hedge bells}, {Hedge bindweed} (Bot.), a climbing plant
       related to the morning-glory ({Convolvulus sepium}).
    {Hedge bill}, a long-handled billhook.
    {Hedge garlic} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Alliaria}. See
       {Garlic mustard}, under {Garlic}.
    {Hedge hyssop} (Bot.), a bitter herb of the genus {Gratiola},
       the leaves of which are emetic and purgative.
    {Hedge marriage}, a secret or clandestine marriage,
       especially one performed by a hedge priest. [Eng.]
    {Hedge mustard} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Sisymbrium},
       belonging to the Mustard family.
    {Hedge nettle} (Bot.), an herb, or under shrub, of the genus
       {Stachys}, belonging to the Mint family. It has a
       nettlelike appearance, though quite harmless.
    {Hedge note}.
    (a) The note of a hedge bird.
    (b) Low, contemptible writing. [Obs.] --Dryden.
    {Hedge priest}, a poor, illiterate priest. --Shak.
    {Hedge school}, an open-air school in the shelter of a hedge,
       in Ireland; a school for rustics.
    {Hedge sparrow} (Zo["o]l.), a European warbler ({Accentor
       modularis}) which frequents hedges. Its color is reddish
       brown, and ash; the wing coverts are tipped with white.
       Called also {chanter}, {hedge warbler}, {dunnock}, and
    {Hedge writer}, an insignificant writer, or a writer of low,
       scurrilous stuff. [Obs.] --Swift.
    {To breast up a hedge}. See under {Breast}.
    {To hang in the hedge}, to be at a standstill. ``While the
       business of money hangs in the hedge.'' --Pepys.
  2. \Hedge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hedged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To inclose or separate with a hedge; to fence with a
       thickly set line or thicket of shrubs or small trees; as,
       to hedge a field or garden.
    2. To obstruct, as a road, with a barrier; to hinder from
       progress or success; -- sometimes with up and out.
             I will hedge up thy way with thorns.  --Hos. ii. 6.
             Lollius Urbius . . . drew another wall . . . to
             hedge out incursions from the north.  --Milton.
    3. To surround for defense; to guard; to protect; to hem
       (in). ``England, hedged in with the main.'' --Shak.
    4. To surround so as to prevent escape.
             That is a law to hedge in the cuckoo. --Locke.
    {To hedge a bet}, to bet upon both sides; that is, after
       having bet on one side, to bet also on the other, thus
       guarding against loss.
  3. \Hedge\, v. i.
    1. To shelter one's self from danger, risk, duty,
       responsibility, etc., as if by hiding in or behind a
       hedge; to skulk; to slink; to shirk obligations.
             I myself sometimes, leaving the fear of God on the
             left hand and hiding mine honor in my necessity, am
             fain to shuffle, to hedge and to lurch. --Shak.
    2. (Betting) To reduce the risk of a wager by making a bet
       against the side or chance one has bet on.
    3. To use reservations and qualifications in one's speech so
       as to avoid committing one's self to anything definite.
             The Heroic Stanzas read much more like an elaborate
             attempt to hedge between the parties than . . . to
             gain favor from the Roundheads.       --Saintsbury.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing hedges in your dream, symbolizes restrictions and obstacles that are inhibiting your progress. Dreaming that you are trimming a hedge indicates your acceptance of the restrictions you are facing and are now making the best out of a negative situation.
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