ridge

noun
\ ˈrij How to pronounce ridge (audio) \

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

ridge

verb
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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Other Words from ridge

Noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The debacle began at least a half mile up the drainage, Turner said, pointing to a ridge above the road that was scorched by last year’s Dolan Fire. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Highway 1 through Big Sur will be repaired. How long that takes is unclear," 10 Feb. 2021 After months with a warm ridge of high pressure around Southern California, effectively blocking most moisture and delaying the wet season by weeks, the pattern is now changing. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Atmospheric river means massive snow coming to the West," 24 Jan. 2021 My great-grandmother lived along Oak Flat’s ridge and the river which runs down from the north. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "John McCain’s Apache Land Grab Is Finally Happening," 15 Jan. 2021 Over the past week, a high-pressure ridge of air has sat in the lower atmosphere around Siberia. Popular Science, "The polar vortex is about to split in two. But what does that actually mean?," 11 Jan. 2021 Tidalstar Vineyard is located atop a ridge at approximately 500 feet above sea level near Carlton. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Partnership provides new wines and a new home for iconic Montinore Estate," 9 Jan. 2021 In most meat-eating dinosaurs, a ridge of bone provides a roof over an opening in the skull in front of the eye sockets known as the antorbital fenestra. Matthew A. Brown, Scientific American, "The Real Dilophosaurus Would Have Eaten the Jurassic Park Version for Breakfast," 1 Jan. 2021 Barrie Gilbert was researching grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park in 1977 when he was attacked, badly mauled and permanently disfigured on a high ridge by a sow that was likely protecting her cubs. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1977, a biologist was nearly killed by a bear. That didn’t stop him from working for decades to understand them.," 9 Jan. 2021 Perched on a ridge, the property was densely overgrown with non-native wattles and eucalyptus trees—a clue as to why the house had sat on the market for two years after the death of its elderly owner. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "In Johannesburg, a Space-Age Bungalow With Killer Views Is Reborn," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, "Skeletons of sequoias: California's ancient trees met their match in September's Castle Fire," 5 Dec. 2020 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, "Skeletons of sequoias: California's ancient trees met their match in September's Castle Fire," 5 Dec. 2020 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, "Skeletons of sequoias: California's ancient trees met their match in September's Castle Fire," 5 Dec. 2020 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, "Skeletons of sequoias: California's ancient trees met their match in September's Castle Fire," 5 Dec. 2020 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, "Skeletons of sequoias: California's ancient trees met their match in September's Castle Fire," 5 Dec. 2020 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, "Skeletons of sequoias: California's ancient trees met their match in September's Castle Fire," 5 Dec. 2020 High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic states will ridge into Connecticut on Sunday bringing sunshine and milder than normal temperatures. courant.com, "Sunny, mild Sunday in Connecticut before rain moves in Monday," 28 Nov. 2020 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Star Tribune, "Odds Of A Cold, Snowy Winter - Quiet Weather Thru Saturday," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of ridge

Noun

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

Verb

1523, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for ridge

Noun

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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19 Feb 2021

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“Ridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridge. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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ridge

noun

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

ridge

noun
\ 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

ridge

noun
\ 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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