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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 How to pronounce ridged (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Conversely, warmer air will fill the ridges that bulge northward, bringing with it hotter and drier conditions. NBC News, "What happened to winter? Jet stream science explains unseasonable warmth in U.S.," 13 Feb. 2020 The application the company withdrew Friday sought permits to mine on a sandy ridge that serves as the eastern edge of the giant bowl-like depression that holds water in the swamp. Washington Post, "Company withdraws application to mine near Okefenokee refuge," 10 Feb. 2020 At a ridge at Sunol Regional Wilderness, what looks like a rock fortress could have been an outlaw’s hideout from the 1850s, DeGraffenreid said. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Deciphering the mystery walls of East Bay hills," 9 Feb. 2020 Scrub artichokes well, getting into and around the ridges; pat dry. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s time to give knotty, nutty Jerusalem artichokes a chance. Here are some options.," 31 Jan. 2020 Icefin then swam more than 1 kilometer along a downward-sloping basin to the grounding line, a rocky ridge below sea level that supports the glacier’s huge floating ice shelf. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Underwater robot reveals hidden base of Antarctica’s ‘doomsday’ glacier," 28 Jan. 2020 The picturesque volcano sits on a lake that partly fills a caldera formed thousands of years ago, and is a popular attraction to tourists who view it from a ridge in Cavite Province to the north. Jason Gutierrez, New York Times, "Desperate Residents Ignore Dangers of Philippine Volcano and Return Home," 13 Jan. 2020 The picturesque volcano sits on a lake that partly fills a caldera formed thousands of years ago and is a popular attraction to tourists who view it from a ridge in Cavite province to the north. Jason Gutierrez, BostonGlobe.com, "Desperate residents ignore dangers of Philippine volcano and return home," 13 Jan. 2020 Many hikers fall prey to this combination, setting off for a seemingly nearby ridge and never returning. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Much of the long-term damage to shingles is the result of poor ventilation, so consider upgrading to ridge vents if possible, or discuss venting options with the contractor. Michael Souter, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Should you replace or repair your roof?," 18 Jan. 2020 The sheer variety of their shapes and colors makes them the perfect candidate for a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, from the large rotund pumpkins with orange or blue skins to the smaller ridged delicata and acorn squashes. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "Brown Kitchen: Squash does double duty in savory and sweet recipes," 22 Nov. 2019 Over high heat, preheat a nonstick ridged electric indoor grill or stovetop grill pan. Wolfgang Puck, chicagotribune.com, "Fish fillets make it quick and easy to move your grilling indoors," 23 Oct. 2019 High pressure ridging into Connecticut on Monday will bring mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the low to mid-60s. courant.com, "Connecticut Weather for Monday, Oct. 21," 20 Oct. 2019 High pressure will ridge into the state this afternoon, allowing some sunshine to develop. courant.com, "Lingering rain and snow showers Tuesday morning," 18 Nov. 2019 And a plate lined with opposing cuts of lean and fatty pork belly, ridges heavily rubbed with paprika and summer savory. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "III Mas gives an Armenian twist to Texas barbecue," 30 Sep. 2019 After some clouds and a possible lingering shower Sunday morning, high pressure will ridge into the state with a partly sunny sky and high temperatures near 80 degrees. courant.com, "Cloudy with evening showers likely," 14 Sep. 2019 Lozada Toledo also points to ridge lines shaded onto the map's topography; a few are close to the arc. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019

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

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridge. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce ridge (audio)

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


\ 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.

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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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