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or ridge pole

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

First recorded in 1780–90; ridge + pole1
Also called ridge·piece [rij-pees] /ˈrɪdʒˌpis/, ridge board.
Related formsridge·poled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ridgepole

Historical Examples of ridgepole

  • Don't he look ridiculous, sitting up there a-straddle of his ridgepole, with a tin-cup?

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    Eugene Wood

  • But the little birds were sitting on the ridgepole, singing.

  • Above it was a sort of ridgepole, which had supported the tent.

  • I knew a girl in Marysville who could walk the ridgepole of a roof.

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    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • I received her as politely as I could, because I think she was sorry she dared me to walk a ridgepole.

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British Dictionary definitions for ridgepole


  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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Word Origin and History for ridgepole


also ridge-pole, 1670s, from ridge (n.) + pole (n.1).

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