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noun \ˈrüf, ˈru̇f\

Simple Definition of roof

  • : the cover or top of a building, vehicle, etc.

  • : the top of the inside of a tunnel, cave, etc.

  • : the top of the inside of your mouth

Full Definition of roof

plural roofs play \ˈrüfs, ˈru̇fs also ˈrüvz, ˈru̇vz\

  1. 1 a (1) :  the cover of a building (2) :  material used for a roof :  roofing b :  the roof of a dwelling conventionally designating the home itself <didn't have a roof over my head> <they share the same roof>

  2. 2 a :  the highest point :  summit b :  an upper limit :  ceiling

  3. 3 a :  the vaulted upper boundary of the mouth b :  a covering structure of any of various parts of the body <roof of the skull>

  4. 4 :  something suggesting a roof: as a :  a canopy of leaves and branches b :  the top over the passenger section of a vehicle

roofed play \ˈrüft, ˈru̇ft\ adjective
roof·less play \ˈrü-fləs, ˈru̇-\ adjective
roof·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
through the roof
  1. :  to an extremely or excessively high level <prices went through the roof>

Examples of roof

  1. the roof of a car

  2. The roof of the old barn collapsed.

  3. He bit into a hot slice of pizza and burned the roof of his mouth.

Illustration of roof

Origin of roof

Middle English, from Old English hrōf; akin to Old Norse hrōf roof of a boathouse and perhaps to Old Church Slavic stropŭ roof

First Known Use: before 12th century

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Simple Definition of roof

  • : to cover (something, such as a building) with a roof

Full Definition of roof

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cover with or as if with a roof b :  to provide with a particular kind of roof or roofing —often used in combination <slate-roofed houses>

  3. 2 :  to constitute a roof over

roof·er noun

Examples of roof

  1. <fed and roofed the emergency volunteers for a week>

15th Century

First Known Use of roof

15th century

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Medical Dictionary

noun \ˈrüf, ˈru̇f\

Medical Definition of roof

plural roofs \ˈrüfs, ˈru̇fs also ˈrüvz, ˈru̇vz\play play

  1. 1:  the vaulted upper boundary of the mouth supported largely by the palatine bones and limited anteriorly by the dental lamina and posteriorly by the uvula and upper part of the fauces

  2. 2:  a covering structure of any of various parts of the body other than the mouth <roof of the skull> <roof of the dental pulp chamber>

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