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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


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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ridged \ ˈrijd How to pronounce ridged (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 For six hours 30 eels at a time are left hanging, like so many neckties, over smouldering logs of elder wood from a local ridge. The Economist, "The mysterious life and times of eels," 18 Dec. 2019 Archaeologists working along the ancient, high-altitude route have discovered hundreds of artifacts that indicate people used it to cross a mountain ridge from the late Roman Iron Age and through the medieval period. Tom Metcalfe, Scientific American, "Melting Ice Reveals a “Lost” Viking-Era Pass in Norway’s Mountains," 16 Apr. 2020 Farmers, herders and merchants came through here to cross the 6,300-foot-tall Lomseggen mountain ridge to reach local high-altitude summer pastures and perhaps trading posts and other destinations much further away. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Treasure Trove of Artifacts Illustrates Life in a Lost Viking Mountain Pass," 15 Apr. 2020 The radiocarbon dates show that the pass came into regular use around 300 C.E. Locals used year-round snow cover to navigate the ridge’s jagged rocks, the researchers argue today in Antiquity. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Hidden Viking trade route emerges from melting ice in Norway," 15 Apr. 2020 The ridges on the outer surface of the penne rigate begin cooking and releasing starch after five or six minutes in boiling water (and salt). Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Coronavirus lockdown ignites an old Italian debate. It’s about pasta, of course," 5 Mar. 2020 Shireman watched the entire show from a nearby ridge. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Rabbit pursuit a return to hunting roots," 15 Feb. 2020 The topography of the moon’s depressions and ridges will still be visible with binoculars. Kris Milgate, Los Angeles Times, "How to enjoy the night sky from your backyard," 24 Apr. 2020 The middle segment, the opisthosoma, contains the back gills and ridges that help with movement. National Geographic, "Atlantic horseshoe crab," 20 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For the first time in world history, the aquarium in Tampa, Florida has successfully reproduced ridged cactus coral in human care. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "The Florida Aquarium just became the first in the world to reproduce ridged cactus coral in human care," 22 Apr. 2020 High pressure over the upper Great Lakes will ridge southeastward into Connecticut on Monday bringing a partly sunny sky and comfortable humidity as the dew point drops from near 60 degrees around sunrise to the mid-50s by the late morning. courant.com, "Weather for Monday, June 17," 17 June 2019 This gun should make a great whitetail rifle from coast to coast—or sheep rifle from ridge top to ridge top. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The Best New Hunting Rifles from the 2019 SHOT Show," 23 Jan. 2019 Much of the long-term damage to shingles is the result of poor ventilation, so consider upgrading to ridge vents if possible, or discuss venting options with the contractor. Michael Souter, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Should you replace or repair your roof?," 18 Jan. 2020 The sheer variety of their shapes and colors makes them the perfect candidate for a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, from the large rotund pumpkins with orange or blue skins to the smaller ridged delicata and acorn squashes. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "Brown Kitchen: Squash does double duty in savory and sweet recipes," 22 Nov. 2019 Over high heat, preheat a nonstick ridged electric indoor grill or stovetop grill pan. Wolfgang Puck, chicagotribune.com, "Fish fillets make it quick and easy to move your grilling indoors," 23 Oct. 2019 High pressure ridging into Connecticut on Monday will bring mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the low to mid-60s. courant.com, "Connecticut Weather for Monday, Oct. 21," 20 Oct. 2019 High pressure will ridge into the state this afternoon, allowing some sunshine to develop. courant.com, "Lingering rain and snow showers Tuesday morning," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ridge


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


1523, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for ridge


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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25 May 2020

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“Ridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridge. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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


\ 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.

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ridged \ ˈrijd \ adjective


\ 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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