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 weekend will end with a ridge of high pressure moving in on Sunday bringing clearing skies and keeping out the rain. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Sunny, warm, with temps near 80; rain returns Friday," 29 Apr. 2021 In this case the storm is trapped underneath a warm ridge of high pressure in Canada which acts as a block, allowing the storm to persist for days. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Monster storm to bring several feet of snow and tornadoes this weekend," 11 Mar. 2021 The rover will roll to the edge of Jezero crater and gather more samples from both inside the crater and along its ridge, also in pairs. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Perseverance Kicks Off Elaborate Effort to Bring Mars Rocks to Earth," 22 Feb. 2021 The information helped confirm that a broad trough of low pressure pushing eastward across the south-central and southeastern U.S. will erode the ridge of high pressure that has been blocking Eta’s northward approach to the Gulf Coast. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Tropical Storm Eta, latest threat in record-breaking hurricane season, to stay east of Louisiana," 10 Nov. 2020 The target is a white pebble placed on a ridge of ochre stone 75 yards away in the shadow of the mountain’s folds. Bernard-henri Lévy, WSJ, "A New Generation Fights for Afghanistan," 9 Oct. 2020 At Cherokee Mine, a wild horse watched from the ridge above, still as a monument. Sarah Scoles, Popular Science, "A CIA spyplane crashed outside Area 51 a half-century ago. This explorer found it.," 5 Jan. 2021 In the Himalayas, walking along a ridge outside of Kathmandu. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Alex Trebek isn't just a TV icon. He was geography's biggest fan.," 8 Nov. 2020 And in July, a climber died after falling several hundred feet from a ridge known as the Dragon's Tail. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "A woman died while scuba diving in a lake at Montana's Glacier National Park," 3 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb High pressure over the central Appalachians will ridge into the state on Friday bringing mostly sunny skies, a gusty west wind, and high temperatures that will range from the mid-50s to the lower 60s. courant.com, "Warmer weather coming to Connecticut Friday, April 23," 22 Apr. 2021 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

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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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2 May 2021

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“Ridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridge. Accessed 9 May. 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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