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  1. a long, narrow elevation of land; a chain of hills or mountains.
  2. the long and narrow upper edge, angle, or crest of something, as a hill, wave, or vault.
  3. the back of an animal.
  4. any raised, narrow strip, as on cloth.
  5. the horizontal line in which the tops of the rafters of a roof meet.
  6. (on a weather chart) a narrow, elongated area of high pressure.
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verb (used with object), ridged, ridg·ing.
  1. to provide with or form into a ridge or ridges.
  2. to mark with or as if with ridges.
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verb (used without object), ridged, ridg·ing.
  1. to form ridges.
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Origin of ridge

before 900; Middle English rigge (noun), Old English hrycg spine, crest, ridge; cognate with Dutch rug, German Rücken, Old Norse hryggr
Related formsridge·like, adjectiveun·ridged, adjective
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Related Words for ridging

smash, shove, rake, cultivate, bulldoze, reap, crinkle, wrinkle, pucker, pleat, nick, curl, crimp, knit, bend, tuck, trench, rush, ridge, till

Examples from the Web for ridging

Historical Examples of ridging

  • Then slice one cucumber, after peeling and ridging the sides, season with salt and pepper, and lay in vinegar for a moment.

    Cookery for Little Girls

    Olive Hyde Foster

  • In ridging out the plants, one thing must be attended to in the preparation of the bed, which has not been before mentioned.

  • The latter plowings are toward the rows, the effort being by ridging to give a long blanched surface to the shoots.

  • The same principle as the ridging of a shield to relieve the plain surface was also applied to the ordinaries upon it.

    Heraldry for Craftsmen & Designers

    William Henry St. John Hope

  • In some sections, however, where the land is flat and full of water, ridging seems necessary if the land cannot be drained.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

British Dictionary definitions for ridging


  1. 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
  2. any long narrow raised strip or elevation, as on a fabric or in ploughed land
  3. anatomy any elongated raised margin or border on a bone, tooth, tissue membrane, etc
    1. the top of a roof at the junction of two sloping sides
    2. (as modifier)a ridge tile
  4. the back or backbone of an animal, esp a whale
  5. meteorol an elongated area of high pressure, esp an extension of an anticycloneCompare trough (def. 4)
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  1. to form into a ridge or ridges
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Derived Formsridgelike, adjectiveridgy, adjective

Word Origin for ridge

Old English hrycg; related to Old High German hrucki, Old Norse hryggr
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Word Origin and History for ridging



Old English hrycg "back of a man or beast," probably reinforced by Old Norse hryggr "back, ridge," from Proto-Germanic *khrugjaz (cf. Old Frisian hregg, Old Saxon hruggi, Dutch rug, Old High German hrukki, German Rücken "the back"), of uncertain origin. Also in Old English, "the top or crest of anything," especially when long and narrow. The connecting notion is of the "ridge" of the backbone. Spelling with -dg- is from late 15c. Ridge-runner "Southern Appalachian person" first recorded 1917.

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ridging in Medicine


  1. A long, narrow, or crested part of the body, as on the nose.
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ridging in Science


  1. A long narrow chain of hills or mountains.
  2. See mid-ocean ridge.
  3. A narrow, elongated zone of relatively high atmospheric pressure associated with an area of peak anticyclonic circulation. Compare trough.
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