a long, narrow elevation of land; a chain of hills or mountains.
the long and narrow upper edge, angle, or crest of something, as a hill, wave, or vault.
the back of an animal.
any raised, narrow strip, as on cloth.
the horizontal line in which the tops of the rafters of a roof meet.
(on a weather chart) a narrow, elongated area of high pressure.
to provide with or form into a ridge or ridges.
to mark with or as if with ridges.
to form ridges.
- ridgelike, adjective
- un·ridged, adjective
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How to use ridge in a sentence
As we continued the ascent—from the summit of Little Haystack Mountain, up along the ridge to Mount Lincoln and the highest peak, Mount Lafayette—our legs grew increasingly wobbly and the sun dipped into the horizon.
More closely spaced ridges produced more frequent sets of spikes while larger spaces produced less frequent bursts of electrical activity.A fish’s fins may be as sensitive to touch as fingertips | Carolyn Wilke | November 3, 2020 | Science News
I pulled over near Norbeck Pass, just as the sun was dipping behind a toothy ridge of eroding rock.
The connective ridges near the back of the beetle, on the other hand, are not as intricately interlocked, allowing the top and bottom halves of the exoskeleton to slide past each other slightly.The diabolical ironclad beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Here’s how | Maria Temming | October 21, 2020 | Science News
The ridge at the bottom—which keeps your laptop or Kindle from sliding down—doubles as an orthopedic wrist rest, to help ease carpal tunnel or prevent wrist pain in the first place.
Even the Grass-land is often ridged so as to shed the water quickly, while deep ditches or drains do duty for fences.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
In Devonshire, particularly among the farmers and poorer classes, the ridged coffin is very general, the end being gabled.
Everywhere the snow lay ridged with purple and brown hedges.Wayside Courtships | Hamlin Garland
But towards the middle of the curve the cliff face seemed ridged and broken near the base.The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole
The knuckle-plate is usually ridged with a rope-shaped crest or with bosses imitating the knuckles.Armour & Weapons | Charles John Ffoulkes
British Dictionary definitions for ridge
a long narrow raised land formation with sloping sides esp one formed by the meeting of two faces of a mountain or of a mountain buttress or spur
any long narrow raised strip or elevation, as on a fabric or in ploughed land
anatomy any elongated raised margin or border on a bone, tooth, tissue membrane, etc
the top of a roof at the junction of two sloping sides
(as modifier): a ridge tile
the back or backbone of an animal, esp a whale
meteorol an elongated area of high pressure, esp an extension of an anticyclone: Compare trough (def. 4)
to form into a ridge or ridges
- ridgelike, adjective
- ridgy, adjective
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Scientific definitions for ridge
A long narrow chain of hills or mountains.
A narrow, elongated zone of relatively high atmospheric pressure associated with an area of peak anticyclonic circulation. Compare trough.
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