or ridge pole
- the horizontal timber or member at the top of a roof, to which the upper ends of the rafters are fastened.
Origin of ridgepole
Also called ridge·piece [rij-pees] /ˈrɪdʒˌpis/, ridge board.
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Examples from the Web for ridgepole
Don't he look ridiculous, sitting up there a-straddle of his ridgepole, with a tin-cup?Back Home
But the little birds were sitting on the ridgepole, singing.The Book of Stories for the Storyteller
Fanny E. Coe
Above it was a sort of ridgepole, which had supported the tent.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail
Arthur R. Thompson
I knew a girl in Marysville who could walk the ridgepole of a roof.
I received her as politely as I could, because I think she was sorry she dared me to walk a ridgepole.
- a timber laid along the ridge of a roof, to which the upper ends of the rafters are attached
- the horizontal pole at the apex of a tent
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Word Origin and History for ridgepole
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