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rafter

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[ raf-ter, rahf- ]
/ ˈræf tər, ˈrɑf- /
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noun
any of a series of timbers or the like, usually having a pronounced slope, for supporting the sheathing and covering of a roof.
verb (used with object)
British Dialect. to plow (a field) so that the soil of a furrow is pushed over onto an unplowed adjacent strip.
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Origin of rafter

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First recorded before 900; Middle English rafter, raftre, ræfter “beam, pole, rafter,” Old English ræfter; cognate with Middle Dutch rachter, rafter “plank, beam,” Middle Low German rafter, rachter, Old Norse raptr “log” (in plural, “rafters”); See raft1

OTHER WORDS FROM rafter

raf·tered, adjectiveun·raf·tered, adjective

Other definitions for rafter (2 of 3)

rafter2
[ raf-ter, rahf- ]
/ ˈræf tər, ˈrɑf- /

noun
a person who engages in the sport or pastime of rafting.
a person who travels on a raft, especially to flee a country.

Origin of rafter

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First recorded in 1740–45; raft1 + -er1

Other definitions for rafter (3 of 3)

rafter3
[ raf-ter, rahf- ]
/ ˈræf tər, ˈrɑf- /

noun
a flock, especially of turkeys.

Origin of rafter

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British Dictionary definitions for rafter

rafter
/ (ˈrɑːftə) /

noun
any one of a set of sloping beams that form the framework of a roof

Word Origin for rafter

Old English ræfter; related to Old Saxon rehter, Old Norse raptr, Old High German rāvo; see raft 1
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