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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

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ridged \ˈrijd \ adjective

Synonyms for ridge

Synonyms: Noun


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Examples of ridge in a Sentence


We hiked along the ridge. the ridges on the sole of a boot the ridge of a roof
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the north side of Carson Pass, the Pacific Crest Trail has snow at Elephant Back on the route over the ridge to Meiss Country and the headwaters of the Truckee River. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "High Sierra paradise for free (and for sale)," 21 June 2018 Sevier records observations and scenery — most recently from a ridge with views of the Hudson River Valley — often on his GoPro camera and posts them his website, sevierconditions.com. Terry Scott Bertling, San Antonio Express-News, "Meet the San Antonio veteran hiking the whole 2,190.9-mile Appalachian Trail," 20 June 2018 According to the National Weather Service, a large high pressure ridge at the surface and aloft developed across the Ohio Valley, resulting was May getting summer-worthy temperatures. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "May was Indy's warmest on record; here's what to expect in June," 3 June 2018 Many fish are being pulled from gravel ridges in 25-30 feet of water. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Prospects for area waters, plus tips on finding fishing Facebook groups," 30 May 2018 To create the perfect environment, build long, wide, 10-inch-high ridges spaced 3½ feet apart. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Perfect Sweet Potatoes In Your Backyard," 15 Mar. 2017 Winds were pushing the fire southward up a ridge, threatening about 50 to 75 homes. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "Brush fire in Burbank hills prompts mandatory evacuations of dozens of homes," 7 July 2018 That ridge of high pressure combined with an offshore flow to work against the sea breeze that would usually cool things down in the evening. Anchorage Daily News, "Just before Independence Day holiday, Anchorage beats heat record," 4 July 2018 Broadly speaking, when a center of high pressure, or ridge, forms in the upper atmosphere (about 3 1/2 miles above the ground) large scale flow causes huge amounts of air to sink toward the surface. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "Oppressive heat dome engulfs the Northeast — and it will spread west this weekend," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

High pressure over southeastern Michigan will be ridging into the region on Wednesday resulting in a mixture of clouds and sunshine with temperatures in the 60s and lower 70s. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Weather Forecast For Wednesday June 6, 2018," 5 June 2018 Sometimes they are ridged, but this is a mere decoration and not a structural element. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "The Best Summer Fries, Ranked," 22 May 2018 Similar to a waffle iron but with shallower grooves, the irons produce two 4- to 5-inch decoratively ridged cookies at a time. baltimoresun.com, "The taste of Italy in a cookie," 18 May 2018 When Mohamed met him, his collarbone ridged out of his skin. Greg Betza, Washington Post, "Syria, a love story," 1 May 2018 High pressure to the north is trying to ridge southward and prevent the heavier snow from crossing the state. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Here We Go Again: Another Nor'easter Wednesday," 20 Mar. 2018 Heat outdoor grill or ridged grill pan over medium-high heat. Woman's Day, "Chicken Satay," 7 July 2014 This pattern results from ridging along the coast during that period. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Boise’s mild winter confuses bears, but it’s great for those who want to ‘ski and tee’," 31 Jan. 2018 Her stories about finding graveyards involve hiking through woods and climbing to ridge tops. Amy Mcrary, The Seattle Times, "Book details Smokies’ cemeteries and their eternal residents," 23 Dec. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ridge

: a long area of land that is on top of a mountain or hill

: a raised part or area on the surface of something

: the place where two sloping surfaces meet


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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.

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ridged \ˈrijd \ adjective


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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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