- any of a series of timbers or the like, usually having a pronounced slope, for supporting the sheathing and covering of a roof.
- British Dialect. to plow (a field) so that the soil of a furrow is pushed over onto an unplowed adjacent strip.
Origin of rafter1
- a flock, especially of turkeys.
Origin of rafter3
Examples from the Web for rafter
Mule strung the two women, with their consent and help, from a rafter with strategically placed soft ropes.Europe's Dangerous Sex Craze
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 16, 2011
As one end was made fast to a rafter, it hung dangling from the window.Frank Merriwell's Bravery
Burt L. Standish
The end of the rafter is cut at right angles, so the face-board is at an angle.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
Every pole, every beam, and every rafter of the frame, is all made of hollow bamboo.Fil and Filippa
John Stuart Thomson
I'll fix the noose and jump with it from the rafter, then you can look for me!The Power of Darkness
He took another grip on the rafter just as he would have let go.Children of the Tenements
Jacob A. Riis
- any one of a set of sloping beams that form the framework of a roof
Word Origin and History for rafter
"sloping timber of a roof," Old English ræftras (West Saxon), reftras (Mercian), both plural, related to Old Norse raptr "log," from Proto-Germanic *raf-tra-, from PIE *rap-tro-, from root *rep- "stake, beam."