hedge

Definitions

General English

Accounting

  • verb to protect against the risk of a loss

Construction

  • In master production scheduling, a quantity of stock used to protect against uncertainty in demand. The hedge is similar to safety stock, except that a hedge has the dimension of timing as well as amount.

Economics

  • noun a protection against a possible loss (by taking an action which is the opposite of an action taken earlier), as by buying investments at a fixed price for delivery later
  • verb to take measures as a protection against a possible loss

Media Studies

  • noun a mostly redundant phrase used in speech, such as ‘I think’ or ‘you know’, whose purpose is to make a statement less blunt

Military

  • noun a fence made of living plants

Real Estate

  • noun a close-set row of bushes, usually with their branches intermingled, forming a barrier or boundary in a garden

Origin & History of “hedge”

Hedge traces its ancestry back to a prehistoric Germanic *khag-, which also produced the haw of hawthorn and possibly haggard and quay too. From it was derived the west Germanic noun *khagjō, which has since become differentiated into German hecke, Dutch heg, and English hedge. The compound hedgehog, an allusion to the animal’s piglike nose, dates from the 15th century (porcupine, literally ‘pig spine’, conveys much the same idea).
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