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ridge

noun \ ˈrij \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of ridge

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

play \ˈrijd\ adjective

Examples of ridge in a Sentence

  1. We hiked along the ridge.

  2. the ridges on the sole of a boot

  3. the ridge of a roof

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Origin and Etymology of ridge

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

ridge Synonyms


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ridge

verb

Definition of ridge

ridged; ridging
transitive verb
: to form into a ridge
intransitive verb
: to extend in ridges

Recent Examples of ridge from the Web

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First Known Use of ridge

1523


RIDGE Defined for English Language Learners

ridge

noun

Definition of ridge for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

ridge

noun \ ˈrij \

Definition of ridge for Students

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.

ridged

\ˈrijd\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

ridge

noun \ ˈrij \

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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