or ridge pole

[ rij-pohl ]

  1. the horizontal timber or member at the top of a roof, to which the upper ends of the rafters are fastened.

Origin of ridgepole

First recorded in 1780–90; ridge + pole1
  • Also called ridge·piece [rij-pees], /ˈrɪdʒˌpis/, ridge board .

Other words from ridgepole

  • ridgepoled, adjective

Words Nearby ridgepole

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How to use ridgepole in a sentence

  • Erect a ridgepole between trees and tilt branches against one side to make a lean-to framework.

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  • The house was hardly finished, and the want of skill was apparent in its erection from sill to ridgepole.

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  • Lay the strips lengthwise, from ridgepole to eaves, and fasten down each strip on the old boards.

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  • Lewis thinks the boy's ridgepole is crooked; but he is harmless and has done many good and gallant deeds.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone | Frederic Remington
  • It was like riding blindfolded along the ridgepole of a church, and, had my pony slipped, the results would have been the same.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down | E. Alexander Powell
  • The day was cold, the woods were wet, and the weather was beastly altogether when Killooleet first came and sang on my ridgepole.

    Wilderness Ways | William J Long

British Dictionary definitions for ridgepole


/ (ˈrɪdʒˌpəʊl) /

  1. a timber laid along the ridge of a roof, to which the upper ends of the rafters are attached

  2. the horizontal pole at the apex of a tent

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