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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Illustration of ridgepole

1 ridgepole 1, 2 rafters

First Known Use of ridgepole

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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