ridge·​line | \ ˈrij-ˌlīn How to pronounce ridgeline (audio) \

Definition of ridgeline

: a line marking or following a ridgetop

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All 20 of us camped atop the ridgeline and watched dawn break as drums echoed through the valley below. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Then one minute out, and the helicopters dropped onto a slender ridgeline 1,100 feet above the village. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 Within eyeshot of the lectern where the former mayor and Assembly speaker spoke last week about his view of California’s values, a border wall that predates Trump runs along a ridgeline. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "California’s race for governor has become a referendum on resistance," 3 June 2018 Powell understood that a mountain ridgeline determined the flow of water into larger rivers and finally into the sea. John F. Ross, Smithsonian, "The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened," 3 July 2018 In the dark of night 48 hours later, scores of Green Berets and Afghan commandos landed by helicopter on a ridgeline west of the valley. Habib Khan Totakhil, WSJ, "U.S., Afghan Forces Launch Major Offensive Against Islamic State," 8 June 2018 Today the ridgeline and its adjoining slopes hold Forest Park and Highland Park in Queens, as well as Prospect Park in Brooklyn. William J. Broad, New York Times, "How the Ice Age Shaped New York," 5 June 2018 Nearby resident Richard Schott, 34, sat near a police checkpoint and watched as the eruption churned just over a ridgeline and behind some trees. Caleb Jones, Fox News, "Noisy Hawaiian volcano lava fissure prompts more evacuations," 14 May 2018 One of the most epic: a 2014 first ascent of the iconic Fitz Traverse, a grueling five-day effort traversing the ridgeline of Patagonia’s Cerro Fitz Roy. National Geographic, "Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell Set Historic Speed Record on El Capitan," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of ridgeline

1856, in the meaning defined above

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