ridge

noun
\ ˈrij How to pronounce ridge (audio) \

Definition of ridge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an elevated body part or structure
2a : a range of hills or mountains
b : an elongate elevation on an ocean bottom
3 : an elongate crest or a linear series of crests
4 : a raised strip (as of plowed ground)
5 : the line of intersection at the top between the opposite slopes or sides of a roof

ridge

verb
ridged; ridging

Definition of ridge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to form into a ridge

intransitive verb

: to extend in ridges

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Other Words from ridge

Noun

ridged \ ˈrijd How to pronounce ridge (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ridge

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of ridge in a Sentence

Noun We hiked along the ridge. the ridges on the sole of a boot the ridge of a roof
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the meantime, Fraga and Donnelly continue making pilgrimages to the ridge. Gregory Barber, Wired, 17 June 2021 The change in weather is due in large part to a ridge of high pressure over the southern Rockies and the southwestern United States, according to the NWS. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2021 The heat wave is thanks to a strengthening ridge of high pressure traversing the region and drying out the atmosphere. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 14 June 2021 For one of the best views, ascend to the top of Sentry Hill with the Sky Explorer, then fly back down over the mountain ridge on the Sentry Hill Zip Line. Caleigh Alleyne, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado Dune-loving doggos will adore this Colorado destination, as pets are permitted to play on the massive, sandy hills up to the first high ridge, allowing for miles of off-trail exploration. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 7 May 2021 The pilot and five passengers were over a ridge at 6,266 feet. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2021 The fires came to a nearby ridge, but not to her pond or land. John D. Sutter, CNN, 12 Apr. 2021 Most areas should have a clear day thanks to a weak ridge of high pressure that will begin to break down by the evening. oregonlive, 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb High pressure over the central Appalachians will ridge into the state on Friday bringing mostly sunny skies, a gusty west wind, and high temperatures that will range from the mid-50s to the lower 60s. courant.com, 22 Apr. 2021 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, 5 Dec. 2020 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, 5 Dec. 2020 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, 5 Dec. 2020 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, 5 Dec. 2020 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, 5 Dec. 2020 The towering trees had grown on this Sierra Nevada ridge top for well over 500 years. Bettina Boxall, Star Tribune, 5 Dec. 2020 High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic states will ridge into Connecticut on Sunday bringing sunshine and milder than normal temperatures. courant.com, 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of ridge

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1523, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for ridge

Noun

Middle English rigge, from Old English hrycg; akin to Old High German hrukki ridge, back

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The first known use of ridge was before the 12th century

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ridge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ridge

: a long area of land that is on top of a mountain or hill
: a raised part or area on the surface of something
: the place where two sloping surfaces meet

ridge

noun
\ ˈrij How to pronounce ridge (audio) \

Kids Definition of ridge

1 : a range of hills or mountains or its upper part
2 : a raised strip The plow created a ridge of soil.
3 : the line made where two sloping surfaces come together Birds sat perched on the ridge of the roof.

Other Words from ridge

ridged \ ˈrijd \ adjective

ridge

noun
\ ˈrij How to pronounce ridge (audio) \

Medical Definition of ridge

: a raised or elevated part and especially a body part: as
a : the projecting or elevated part of the back along the line of the backbone
b : an elevated body part projecting from a surface

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