ridgepole

noun ridge·pole \ ˈrij-ˌpōl \

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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1774

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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