verb (used with object)
Origin of rafter1
Definition for rafter (2 of 3)
Definition for rafter (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for rafter
Mule strung the two women, with their consent and help, from a rafter with strategically placed soft ropes.
Above us beam and rafter creaked, swaying, and showing glimpses of the dark sky.Eben Holden|Irving Bacheller
Suddenly I saw signs of active movement going on just beyond the place where the thing lay upon the rafter.The Empty House And Other Ghost Stories|Algernon Blackwood
Tower after tower crashed down, with blazing roof and rafter, and the combatants were driven from the courtyard.
British Dictionary definitions for rafter
Word Origin for rafter
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."