ridgepole

or ridge pole

[ rij-pohl ]
/ ˈrɪdʒˌpoʊl /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. ridged,
  2. ridgefield,
  3. ridgefield park,
  4. ridgeline,
  5. ridgeling,
  6. ridgetree,
  7. ridgeway,
  8. ridgewood,
  9. ridgil,
  10. ridgway

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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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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Word Origin and History for ridgepole

ridgepole

n.

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

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