rafter

noun (1)
raf·​ter | \ ˈraf-tər How to pronounce rafter (audio) \

Definition of rafter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of the parallel beams that support a roof

rafter

noun (2)
raft·​er | \ ˈraf-tər How to pronounce rafter (audio) \

Definition of rafter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who maneuvers logs into position and binds them into rafts
2 : one who travels by raft

Other Words from rafter

Noun (1)

raftered \ ˈraf-​tərd How to pronounce raftered (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of rafter

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rafter

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English ræfter; akin to Old Norse raptr rafter

Noun (2)

raft entry 2

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“Rafter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rafter. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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rafter

noun
raf·​ter | \ ˈraf-tər How to pronounce rafter (audio) \

Kids Definition of rafter

: one of the usually sloping timbers that support a roof

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