ridgepole

noun
ridge·​pole | \ ˈrij-ˌpōl How to pronounce ridgepole (audio) \

Definition of ridgepole

1 : the highest horizontal timber in a roof against which the upper ends of the rafters are fixed
2 : the horizontal pole at the top of a tent

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Illustration of ridgepole

1 ridgepole 1, 2 rafters

Examples of ridgepole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Erect a ridgepole between trees and tilt branches against one side to make a lean-to framework. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "How to Survive for Three Days in the Wilderness," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ridgepole

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Dec 2020

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“Ridgepole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridgepole. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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