\ 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


ridged; ridging

Definition of ridge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to form into a ridge

intransitive verb

: to extend in ridges

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from ridge


ridged \ ˈrijd How to pronounce ridged (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ridge

Synonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun McCain turned the helicopter to safety, taking cover behind a ridge line. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "‘Goodbye, Old Man’: How a McCain came home from war to mourn his famous father," 25 Aug. 2019 Although closed to motorized traffic in winter, Clingmans Dome Road is open for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or even walking through the ridge-line’s high-altitude spruce-fir forest. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Great Smoky Mountains National Park," 28 Mar. 2019 The region soon froze over, but when a second wind storm hit, the slabs of ice that were previously separated crunched together to form ridges, one of which boosted a garage full of snowmobiles 12 feet into the air. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Marooned: Researchers Will Freeze Their Ship into Arctic Ocean Ice for a Year," 17 Sep. 2019 Among them: an esker, a long, sinuous ridge of gravel that formed as water flowed down into, and then under, glacial ice. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Scandia bike tour to feature area’s geology," 9 Sep. 2019 Within the preserve, a side trail marked with yellow blazes takes visitors up to the top of the ridge. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A trip to a Kent preserve Monet might have painted," 2 Aug. 2019 Graneros, for example, is a flowy beginner trail that runs along the flank of the ridge. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Which trails you should be hitting on your next adventure to Cañon City, Royal Gorge," 27 July 2019 Dade County is the northwestern-most point in Georgia, located in hilly country on the back side of the ridge known as Lookout Mountain. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Part of the U.S. Was a Micronation for 85 Years," 2 July 2018 Set off on foot into the West Maui Mountains in search of mysterious petroglyphs and secret waterfalls, along the way learning about the sustainable power generated by wind turbines installed on the mountain ridge. National Geographic, "Hawai‘i Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 High pressure will ridge into Connecticut Saturday with a mostly sunny sky, low humidity, and a refreshing northwest wind. courant.com, "Mostly sunny with low humidity," 21 June 2019 The key to the design is the use of interchangeable adhesives on the drone’s base: microspines for digging into rough materials like stucco, carpet, or rubble, and ridged silicone (inspired by the morphology of gecko feet) for grabbing onto glass. James Vincent, The Verge, "Micro-drones with winches can open doors and lift 40 times their own weight," 24 Oct. 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ridge.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ridge

Statistics for ridge

Last Updated

27 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for ridge

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ridge


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.

Other Words from ridge

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on ridge

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for ridge

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with ridge

Spanish Central: Translation of ridge

Nglish: Translation of ridge for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of ridge for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about ridge

Comments on ridge

What made you want to look up ridge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an agreement to stop fighting a war

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Confusing Words—A Quiz

  • alice with tweedle dee and tweedle dum
  • I invented a brand new toaster robot and ______ it "Sir Toasts-a-Lot."
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!