ridgepole

noun

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

Illustration of ridgepole

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, Popular Science, 26 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ridgepole was in 1774

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“Ridgepole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridgepole. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

ridgepole

noun
ridge·​pole ˈrij-ˌpōl How to pronounce ridgepole (audio)
1
: the highest horizontal timber in a sloping roof to which the upper ends of the rafters are fastened
2
: the horizontal pole at the top of a tent

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