ridgepole

or ridge pole

[ rij-pohl ]
/ ˈrɪdʒˌpoʊl /

noun

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

ridge·poled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ridgepole

ridgepole
/ (ˈrɪdʒˌpəʊl) /

noun

a timber laid along the ridge of a roof, to which the upper ends of the rafters are attached
the horizontal pole at the apex of a tent
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