roof

noun
\ ˈrüf How to pronounce roof (audio) , ˈru̇f How to pronounce roof (audio) \
plural roofs\ ˈrüfs How to pronounce roofs (audio) , ˈru̇fs also  ˈrüvz , ˈru̇vz How to pronounce roofs (audio) \

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 How to pronounce roofed (audio) , ˈru̇ft \ adjective
roofless \ ˈrü-​fləs How to pronounce roofless (audio) , ˈru̇-​ \ adjective
rooflike \ ˈrüf-​ˌlīk How to pronounce rooflike (audio) , 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

Ride in a 4x4 over golden plains, gazing out from the pop-up roof to glimpse wildlife through binoculars, or watch as animals walk right by us! National Geographic, "Tanzania Family Journey: A Serengeti Safari," 17 June 2019 The roof slammed the ground, shattering the windows. Matthew Van Meter, The New Republic, "The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict," 17 June 2019 The height of the roof was roughly the same as the cloud ceiling. James Barron, New York Times, "Pilot Is Killed in Helicopter Crash on Roof of New York City Building," 10 June 2019 The National Weather Service recorded a 71-mph gust at Dallas Love Field, where WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reported that a hangar door and part of the roof at a Southwest Airlines maintenance facility was torn away. Anchorage Daily News, "1 dead, 6 injured after storm topples crane into Old East Dallas apartments," 9 June 2019 At Dallas Love Field airport, WFAA-TV reports gusts damaged a hangar door and part of the roof at a Southwest Airlines maintenance facility. Houston Chronicle, "2 hospitalized after crane collapses in Dallas thunderstorms," 9 June 2019 One look at the broad wrap of roof at the rear pillars and hatch lid and critics point to blind spots. (james Halfacre), San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Mazda3: elevated design, distinct character," 8 June 2019 Outside, the timber used to imprint the facade has a third life—as the base of the roof’s green shrubbery, another trending design statement. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Concrete house blends into the woods with black exterior, green roof," 10 Aug. 2018 When police arrived near Fourth Avenue and Mercer Street, Strode’s gun was on the roof of the driver’s Nissan Altima and Strode was kneeling in the street with his hands up, court documents say. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Man accused of shooting Uber driver in Seattle said he had 7 or 8 tequila shots before gun went off," 18 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At Letná Park, perched on a hill- top overlooking Prague, frame skateboarders in action against the panorama of a red- roofed cityscape. National Geographic, "Prague High School Photography Workshop," 17 June 2019 Horan roofed her shot into Thailand’s net for a 3-0 U.S. lead. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "Alex Morgan scores 5 in USWNT’s 13-0 domination of Thailand to open World Cup," 3 Aug. 2018 Decorate roof: Attach sliced almonds to roof pieces with royal icing. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 2018 Moments later, a gang of his friends make our porch and roof their jungle gym, screeching and swinging from every surface. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 And then, last April, India’s venerable Taj Hotels debuted a sumptuous resort with 50 stand-alone thatch roofed villas, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, at Radhanagar Beach, a swath of sugary sand that often tops rankings of Asia’s best beaches. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 No residents were injured, but at least one medic sitting an an ambulance sustained minor injuries when roofing material from one of the buildings crashed onto the vehicle and shattered the windshield, Brady said. Washington Post, "Wind damage to Md. apartment complex forces evacuation of more than 300," 2 Mar. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce roof (audio) , 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 How to pronounce roof (audio) , ˈru̇f How to pronounce roof (audio) \
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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