ridge

1 of 2

noun

1
: an elevated body part or structure
2
a
: 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 adjective

ridge

2 of 2

verb

ridged; ridging

transitive verb

: to form into a ridge

intransitive verb

: to extend in ridges

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
There’s a subtle ridge that runs vertically down the middle, providing texture. Ben Sin, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Bizzarri lives just outside of Sutter Creek, in Amador County, on a property on top of a ridge, surrounded by grass and oak trees. Stephen Hobbs, Sacramento Bee, 12 Feb. 2024 Unlike the Earth, our celestial companion lacks plate tectonics, so its brittle crust crumples into unstable ridges called thrust faults to accommodate its dwindling volume. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Feb. 2024 After a few ups and downs and boulder-hopping sections (about 6 miles), the ridge ends at the east rim of Cascade Canyon. Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Empty, ghostly hill towns clamber barnacle-like up distant ridges and are fortified for threats from both without and within. Rick Steves, Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 Each ridge is only a few microns tall, or a few hundredths of the thickness of human hair. Partha Banerjee, Discover Magazine, 23 Jan. 2024 Gusty winds could exceed 100 mph on the ridges, the weather service said. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 But the destination, a rustic red bathhouse in a green alpine meadow beneath a ridge spiked with huge granite monoliths, is stunning in its isolation. Shoshi Parks, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024
Verb
His fingernails were long and curved and ridged with dirt. Ellen Barry, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2024 That is expected to bring snow to the higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada ridges, with some wind gusts hitting 70 to 80 mph and intense snow and showers slated to arrive by late Saturday. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2024 This activity can form wrinkle ridges on the surface—protruding ridges hundreds of kilometers long that are associated with fairly shallow crustal activity. Jonathan O'Callaghan, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 Double-sided support ridges on the tines bolster their strength to prevent breakage during strenuous tasks. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 26 July 2023 Additionally, the nubs and ridges on the chews contribute to maintaining healthy gums, ensuring comprehensive dental care. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 9 July 2023 Broad upper ridging building in the region beginning Friday and into Saturday will bring warmer temps to the metro area. oregonlive, 14 July 2023 That said, some of the shoe’s stability comes from the design, which includes a border or ridge around your foot. Sherri Gordon, Health, 12 July 2023 Note that smaller skillet-style stovetop griddles often have just one cooking surface, usually ridged. Kaz Weida, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1523, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of ridge was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridge. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

ridge

1 of 2 noun
: a raised or elevated part or area: as
a
: a range of hills or mountains
b
: the line made where two sloping surfaces come together
the ridge of a roof
ridged adjective

ridge

2 of 2 verb
ridged; ridging
: to form into or extend in ridges

Medical Definition

ridge

noun
: 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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