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English Dictionary: hedging by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
hedging
n
  1. any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change
    Synonym(s): hedge, hedging
  2. an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement; "when you say `maybe' you are just hedging"
    Synonym(s): hedge, hedging
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hedge \Hedge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hedged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Hedging}.]
      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). [bd]England, hedged in with the main.[b8] --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.
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