roof

noun
\ˈrüf, ˈru̇f \
plural roofs\ ˈrüfs , ˈru̇fs also  ˈrüvz, ˈru̇vz \

Definition of roof 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the cover of a building

(2) : material used for a roof : roofing

b : the roof of a dwelling conventionally designating the home itself didn't have a roof over my head they share the same roof

2a : the highest point : summit

b : an upper limit : ceiling

3a : the vaulted upper boundary of the mouth

b : a covering structure of any of various parts of the body roof of the skull

4 : something suggesting a roof: such as

a : a canopy of leaves and branches

b : the top over the passenger section of a vehicle

through the roof

: to an extremely or excessively high level prices went through the roof

roof

verb
roofed; roofing; roofs

Definition of roof (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cover with or as if with a roof

b : to provide with a particular kind of roof or roofing often used in combination slate-roofed houses

2 : to constitute a roof over

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Noun

roof 1a(1): 1 gambrel, 2 mansard, 3 hip, 4 lean-to

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from roof

Noun

roofed \ ˈrüft , ˈru̇ft \ adjective
roofless \ ˈrü-​fləs , ˈru̇-​ \ adjective
rooflike \ ˈrüf-​ˌlīk , ˈru̇f-​ \ adjective

Verb

roofer noun

Examples of roof in a Sentence

Noun

the roof of a car The roof of the old barn collapsed. He bit into a hot slice of pizza and burned the roof of his mouth.

Verb

fed and roofed the emergency volunteers for a week
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The renderings are bright and beautiful: a modern stadium with a glass roof, situated in a vibrant and popular downtown area. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Rays' Proposed New Stadium Looks Beautiful, But Who Is Going to Pay for It?," 11 July 2018 But those gyms require buildings with at least 40 foot-tall roofs, which are in short supply. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio joins other Texas cities with its own standalone bouldering gym," 11 July 2018 Ashly had been a first-grader at the dilapidated single-story structure, with broken windows, cracks in the walls and holes in the roof. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "'What if I lose her forever?' In Guatemala, a couple fears for their child still in detention in U.S.," 10 July 2018 Rescuers are currently grappling with a range of escape options including scuba-diving the team through the narrow, waterlogged passages and drilling a hole in the roof of the chamber and somehow hoisting them out. NBC News, "Thailand soccer team rescue: Conditions now 'most suitable' but monsoon threatens," 7 July 2018 Water was dripping from a crack in the roof to a bucket below, plinking all night long. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Physics Behind a Leaky Faucet’s Maddening ‘Plink’," 25 June 2018 Holes in roof At least one was as big as a basketball, Robinette said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What are the odds? This Greendale family has had 2 different homes struck by lightning," 20 June 2018 Or, there was a hole in the roof and a bale of hay got wet and composted and caught fire — also a very common thing. Will Hermes, Longreads, "‘I Love What Human Voices Do Together’: An Interview with Neko Case," 9 June 2018 Construction crews tearing a hole in the roof of a Montrose strip center accidentally set fire to part of the building Thursday, officials said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Montrose strip center under renovation catches fire," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Brazile and his crew are busy inside an immense, roofed-in practice pen, down the slope from his big stone house. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 Harassment Several residents reported receiving numerous calls the morning of July 10 from a roofing company offering to give estimates on a new roof. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Police blotter: Burr Ridge officers follow suspects in eight car burglaries onto I-55 before losing them," 14 July 2018 This light and easy system attaches to most roof racks and unfurls to provide more than 40 square feet of coverage. Sara Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "7 fun additions for your camping kit," 2 July 2018 Designs in which roofs wrap around buildings and extend to the ground are increasingly common, Stuewe said. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Swooping roof at new Summerfest entrance joins the list of buildings that resemble Bucks arena," 21 June 2018 Wright said his group has been working with local governments, roofing companies and builders to convince them to build to higher standards. Fortune, "Hurricane-Proof Homes Exist — Why Isn't Anyone Buying Them?," 20 June 2018 Freshly discharged during the first period of Game 1, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin grabbed a loose puck in the defensive zone, weaved end to end, and roofed a backhander over Flyers goalie Brian Elliott. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Enter the Sin Bin: What It's Like to Be Sent to 'Adult Timeout' in the NHL," 17 Apr. 2018 Ruiz, who already has an associates degree in visual communication, is studying film studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee while roofing and working at the coffeehouse. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Milwaukee's Avenue Coffeehouse blends California vibes with Milwaukee brew," 13 June 2018 There are no plans, though, for a new, roofed home for the Cleveland Indians. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Did Rangers rush Perez's return from off-season injury? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of roof

Noun

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

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for roof

Noun

Middle English, from Old English hrōf; akin to Old Norse hrōf roof of a boathouse and perhaps to Old Church Slavonic stropŭ roof

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roof

noun

English Language Learners Definition of roof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cover or top of a building, vehicle, etc.

: the top of the inside of a tunnel, cave, etc.

: the top of the inside of your mouth

roof

verb

English Language Learners Definition of roof (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (something, such as a building) with a roof

roof

noun
\ˈrüf, ˈru̇f\
plural roofs

Kids Definition of roof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the upper covering part of a building

2 : something like a roof in form, position, or purpose Barely aware of the earth beneath my feet or the roof of trees above …— Avi, Crispin

Other Words from roof

roofed \ ˈrüft, ˈru̇ft \ adjective

roof

verb
roofed; roofing

Kids Definition of roof (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with a roof

roof

noun
\ˈrüf, ˈru̇f \
plural roofs\ ˈrüfs, ˈru̇fs also ˈrüvz, ˈru̇vz \

Medical Definition of roof 

1 : the vaulted upper boundary of the mouth supported largely by the palatine bones and limited anteriorly by the dental lamina and posteriorly by the uvula and upper part of the fauces

2 : a covering structure of any of various parts of the body other than the mouth roof of the skull roof of the dental pulp chamber

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