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Definition of ridge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an elevated body part or structure
2a : a range of hills or mountains
b : an elongate elevation on an ocean bottom
3 : an elongate crest or a linear series of crests
4 : a raised strip (as of plowed ground)
5 : the line of intersection at the top between the opposite slopes or sides of a roof


ridged; ridging

Definition of ridge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to form into a ridge

intransitive verb

: to extend in ridges

Other Words from ridge


ridged \ ˈrijd How to pronounce ridge (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ridge

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of ridge in a Sentence

Noun We hiked along the ridge. the ridges on the sole of a boot the ridge of a roof
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the morning wore on, would-be spectators wandered the ridge path, in brilliant sun. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 The route pretty much followed Poteau Mountain ridge on our final day. Bob Robinson, Arkansas Online, 23 May 2022 The top of a nearby ridge bore the sooty presence of the last operating coal mine in Longyearbyen, scheduled to close next year. New York Times, 19 May 2022 When approaching the intersection from the west, there is a small ridge and vegetation that can impede a driver's vision, Panozzo said. Drew Dawson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2022 In fact, record-high temperatures into the 90s are forecast from eastern portions of the Plains into the lower and mid-Missouri and Mississippi Valleys under a strengthening warm upper ridge, the National Weather Service said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 Two Sacramento residents died Friday in the Marin Headlands after their plane crashed on a backcountry ridge. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 2022 The home is equipped with a programmable thermostat, ridge vents, storm doors, thermopane windows with simulated light, central vacuum, a security system, a main level sound system and a walk-up attic that could be turned into another room. Karen A. Avitabile, Hartford Courant, 7 May 2022 The route’s 5,254 feet of elevation gain included an extended technical section involving a narrow ridge and a steep chute. Outside Online, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb High pressure will ridge into the region on Wednesday, bringing partly sunny skies, breezy and cool conditions. Hartford Courant, 26 Apr. 2022 High pressure will ridge into the region from the Midwest on Wednesday, bringing partly sunny skies and breezy conditions with high temperatures in the 50s. Hartford Courant, 26 Apr. 2022 High pressure will ridge into the region on Friday, bringing a mixture of clouds and sunshine with high temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s. courant.com, 23 Mar. 2022 High pressure in northern New York will ridge southward into the area bringing partly sunny skies on Monday with high temperatures ranging from the upper 20s to the mid-30s. courant.com, 23 Jan. 2022 High pressure over the Ohio Valley will ridge into the region on Tuesday bringing partly sunny skies and seasonably cool temperatures with highs ranging from the mid-30s to the lower 40s. courant.com, 7 Dec. 2021 High pressure over the central Appalachians will ridge into the region, bringing partly sunny skies Friday morning and then mostly sunny conditions in the afternoon. courant.com, 3 Dec. 2021 High pressure over the Ohio Valley will ridge into the area Friday with a partly sunny sky and seasonable temperatures. courant.com, 2 Dec. 2021 High pressure along the Carolina coast will ridge into Connecticut on Monday bringing partly sunny skies and comfortable temperatures with highs in the 70s. courant.com, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ridge


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1523, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for ridge


Middle English rigge, from Old English hrycg; akin to Old High German hrukki ridge, back

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26 May 2022

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“Ridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridge. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for ridge


\ ˈrij How to pronounce ridge (audio) \

Kids Definition of ridge

1 : a range of hills or mountains or its upper part
2 : a raised strip The plow created a ridge of soil.
3 : the line made where two sloping surfaces come together Birds sat perched on the ridge of the roof.

Other Words from ridge

ridged \ ˈrijd \ adjective


\ ˈrij How to pronounce ridge (audio) \

Medical Definition of ridge

: a raised or elevated part and especially a body part: as
a : the projecting or elevated part of the back along the line of the backbone
b : an elevated body part projecting from a surface

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