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roofing

[roo-fing, roo f-ing]
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noun
  1. the act of covering with a roof.
  2. material for roofs.
  3. a roof.
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Origin of roofing

First recorded in 1400–50, roofing is from the late Middle English word rovyng. See roof, -ing1

roof

[roof, roo f]
noun, plural roofs.
  1. the external upper covering of a house or other building.
  2. a frame for supporting this: an open-timbered roof.
  3. the highest part or summit: The Himalayas are the roof of the world.
  4. something that in form or position resembles the roof of a house, as the top of a car, the upper part of the mouth, etc.
  5. a house.
  6. Mining. the rock immediately above a horizontal mineral deposit.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide or cover with a roof.
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Idioms
  1. go through the roof,
    1. to increase beyond all expectations: Foreign travel may very well go through the roof next year.
    2. Also hit the roof,Informal.to lose one's temper; become extremely angry.
  2. raise the roof, Informal.
    1. to create a loud noise: The applause raised the roof.
    2. to complain or protest noisily: He'll raise the roof when he sees that bill.
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Origin of roof

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English hrōf; cognate with Dutch roef cover, cabin, Old Norse hrōf
Related formsroof·like, adjectivere·roof, verb (used with object)self-roofed, adjectiveun·der·roof, nounun·roofed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for roofing

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Coupeau was then finishing the roofing of a new three-storied house.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • The roofing which remains is executed entirely in stone, but not arched or vaulted.

    Architecture

    Thomas Roger Smith

  • The roofing of these two rooms and some ironwork on the gate remained to be completed.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • The leaf of the sago is preferable for the roofing of houses to the nibong.

  • The building was unfinished; the sky could be seen through the joists of the roofing.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert


British Dictionary definitions for roofing

roofing

noun
  1. material used to construct a roof
  2. the act of constructing a roof
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roof

noun plural roofs (ruːfs, ruːvz)
    1. a structure that covers or forms the top of a building
    2. (in combination)the rooftop
    3. (as modifier)a roof garden
  1. the top covering of a vehicle, oven, or other structurethe roof of a car
  2. anatomy any structure that covers an organ or partthe roof of the mouth
  3. a highest or topmost point or partMount Everest is the roof of the world
  4. a house or other sheltera poor man's roof
  5. mountaineering the underside of a projecting overhang
  6. hit the roof or go through the roof informal
    1. to get extremely angry; become furious
    2. to rise or increase steeply
  7. raise the roof
    1. to create a boisterous disturbance
    2. to react or protest heatedly
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verb
  1. (tr) to provide or cover with a roof or rooflike part
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Derived Formsroofer, nounroofless, adjectiverooflike, adjective

Word Origin

Old English hrōf; related to Middle Dutch, Old Norse hrōf
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Word Origin and History for roofing

roof

n.

Old English hrof "roof, ceiling, top, summit; heaven, sky," also figuratively, "highest point of something," from Proto-Germanic *khrofam (cf. Old Frisian rhoof "roof," Middle Dutch roof, rouf "cover, roof," Dutch roef "deckhouse, cabin, coffin-lid," Middle High German rof "penthouse," Old Norse hrof "boat shed").

No apparent connections outside Germanic. "English alone has retained the word in a general sense, for which the other languages use forms corresponding to OE. þæc thatch" [OED]. Roof of the mouth is from late Old English. Raise the roof "create an uproar" is attested from 1860, originally in U.S. Southern dialect.

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roof

v.

early 15c., from roof (n.). Related: Roofed; roofing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

roofing in Medicine

roof

(rōōf, ruf)
n.
  1. The upper surface of an anatomical structure, especially one having a vaulted inner structure.
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Idioms and Phrases with roofing

roof

In addition to the idiom beginning with roof

  • roof over one's head, a

also see:

  • go through the roof
  • hit the ceiling (roof)
  • like a cat on hot bricks (a hot tin roof)
  • raise the roof
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