ridge·​line ˈrij-ˌlīn How to pronounce ridgeline (audio)
: a line marking or following a ridgetop

Examples of ridgeline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Give ridgelines a wide berth, as cornices can break a long way back from the visible edge. John Meyer, The Denver Post, 12 May 2024 The sun didn’t set in Boise until almost 9 p.m., and then the colors of the northern lights began to emerge and dance above the ridgelines. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 11 May 2024 President Joe Biden will expand the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Yolo County, a move that aims to safeguard nearly 134,000 acres including a ridgeline known as Molok Luyuk, which holds significance for local Native tribes. Ari Plachta, Sacramento Bee, 2 May 2024 Looking out the window takes a bit of bravery because of the steep drops, but your prize is jaw-dropping views of alpine valleys, flowing rivers, and fields of wildflowers far below the surrounding peaks and ridgelines. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 26 Apr. 2024 The 27-year-old from Washington was skiing a ridgeline off Mary’s Nipple from Grand Targhee Ski Resort when the cornice broke under him and sent him plummeting 100 feet into the basin below, Teton County Search and Rescue said in a Wednesday, Feb. 21 post on Facebook. Brooke Baitinger, Idaho Statesman, 22 Feb. 2024 Wind is stronger at the top of a ridgeline than at the bottom. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2024 Come summer, the reward after a six-hour hike up Roy's Peak, whose ridgeline has awesome views of nearby Mount Aspiring, is a bottle of award-winning Pinot Noir at Rippon, where vines tumble down to the shores of the lake. Lauren Quaintance, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Feb. 2024 Maneuvering his green pickup truck atop a ridgeline on a recent morning, Pastor Lopez, 74, stepped on the brakes as a deer sprinted across the road before disappearing into a canyon covered in dry chaparral. Soumya Karlamangla Sinna Nasseri, New York Times, 2 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ridgeline was in 1856

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“Ridgeline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridgeline. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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