Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Hedge'
- a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes [syn: hedgerow]
- any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change [syn: hedging]
- an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement; "when you say `maybe' you are just hedging" [syn: hedging] 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" [syn: fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep]
- hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge; "The animals were hedged in"
- enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges; "hedge the property" [syn: hedge in]
- minimize loss or risk; "diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks"; "hedge your bets"
- Hedge \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]1
- 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.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Hedge'
A hedge or hedgerow is a line of closely spaced shrubs and tree species, planted and trained in such a way as to form a barrier or to mark the boundary of an area. Hedges used to separate a road from adjoining fields or one field from another, and of sufficient age to incorporate larger trees, are known as hedgerows. It is also a simple form of topiary.
The development of hedges over the centuries is preserved in their structure. The first hedges enclosed land for cereal crops during the Neolithic Age (4000–6000 years ago). Prehistoric farms were of about 5 to 10 hectares (12 to 25 acres), with fields about 0.1 hectares (0.25 acres) for hand cultivation. Some hedges date from the Bronze and Iron Ages, 2000–4000 years ago, when traditional patterns of landscape became established. Others were built during the Medieval field rationalisations; more originated in the industrial boom of the 18th and 19th centuries, when heaths and uplands were enclosed.[See more about Hedge at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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