rafter

1
[raf-ter, rahf-]

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.

Origin of rafter

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English rǣfter; cognate with Middle Low German rafter, Old Norse raptr. See raft1
Related formsun·raf·tered, adjective

rafter

2
[raf-ter, rahf-]

noun

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

rafter

3
[raf-ter, rahf-]

noun

a flock, especially of turkeys.

Origin of rafter

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Contemporary Examples of rafter

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Historical Examples of rafter

  • As one end was made fast to a rafter, it hung dangling from the window.

  • The end of the rafter is cut at right angles, so the face-board is at an angle.

  • Every pole, every beam, and every rafter of the frame, is all made of hollow bamboo.

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  • I'll fix the noose and jump with it from the rafter, then you can look for me!

  • He took another grip on the rafter just as he would have let go.


British Dictionary definitions for rafter

rafter

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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Word Origin and History for rafter
n.

"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."

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