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 ridged (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ridge

Synonyms: Noun

crest

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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

Arguably the country’s most famous residential design, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, along with another nearby Wright design, Kentuck Knob, can be seen in the same day after a short drive through mountain ridges and maple trees. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A Frank Lloyd Wright resort in Pennsylvania adds a new home," 3 May 2019 Our accommodations for the preview visit were the six 400-square-foot Watchman Cabins, which are built into the side of the ridge and have evocative names like Cripple Creek and John Henry. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 2019 At issue are the peaks, ridges and valleys of the Tordrillo and Neacola mountains, which have long doubled as playgrounds for some of Alaska's most daring adventurers. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska heli-skiing company takes fight over fresh tracks to federal court," 1 June 2018 But the enemy had already occupied the ridge and opened fire on Slabinski's helicopter. David Martin, CBS News, ""Not a day goes by that I don't think of it": Medal of Honor recipient on Afghan battle," 24 May 2018 But leopards are, to a degree, predictable — frequenting game trails and ridges and often spraying rocks to mark their territory. Adam Popescu, Washington Post, "Tracking one of the world’s most elusive cats," 19 May 2018 These places are the new focus of our interest, of our primal urge to walk over the next ridge and see what’s there. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 But a weather formation known as a high-pressure ridge is parked over the U.S. East coast, preventing Florence from doing the normal turn, said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "'Not a pretty sight': Hurricane Florence has experts worried," 12 Sep. 2018 But a weather formation known as a high-pressure ridge is parked over the U.S. East coast, preventing Florence from doing the normal turn, said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "What scares experts about Hurricane Florence," 11 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The key to the design is the use of interchangeable adhesives on the drone’s base: microspines for digging into rough materials like stucco, carpet, or rubble, and ridged silicone (inspired by the morphology of gecko feet) for grabbing onto glass. James Vincent, The Verge, "Micro-drones with winches can open doors and lift 40 times their own weight," 24 Oct. 2018 High pressure over southeastern Michigan will be ridging into the region on Wednesday resulting in a mixture of clouds and sunshine with temperatures in the 60s and lower 70s. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Weather Forecast For Wednesday June 6, 2018," 5 June 2018 Sometimes they are ridged, but this is a mere decoration and not a structural element. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "The Best Summer Fries, Ranked," 22 May 2018 Similar to a waffle iron but with shallower grooves, the irons produce two 4- to 5-inch decoratively ridged cookies at a time. baltimoresun.com, "The taste of Italy in a cookie," 18 May 2018 When Mohamed met him, his collarbone ridged out of his skin. Greg Betza, Washington Post, "Syria, a love story," 1 May 2018 High pressure to the north is trying to ridge southward and prevent the heavier snow from crossing the state. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Here We Go Again: Another Nor'easter Wednesday," 20 Mar. 2018 Heat outdoor grill or ridged grill pan over medium-high heat. Woman's Day, "Chicken Satay," 7 July 2014 This pattern results from ridging along the coast during that period. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Boise’s mild winter confuses bears, but it’s great for those who want to ‘ski and tee’," 31 Jan. 2018

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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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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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