roof

noun
\ ˈrüf How to pronounce roof (audio) , ˈru̇f How to pronounce roof (audio) \
plural roofs\ ˈrüfs How to pronounce roof (audio) , ˈru̇fs also  ˈrüvz , ˈru̇vz How to pronounce roof (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 roof (audio) , ˈru̇ft \ adjective
roofless \ ˈrü-​fləs How to pronounce roof (audio) , ˈru̇-​ \ adjective
rooflike \ ˈrüf-​ˌlīk How to pronounce roof (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 Stephan said the pilot had no option but to make an emergency landing on the field after striking the steel cables attached to the stadium's roof. CiarÁn Fahey, Star Tribune, 16 June 2021 The blade is designed as a layer that can be added to the roof of the vehicle and have its edges fully integrated into the shape, providing cleaner aesthetics and also improved aerodynamics. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Of the Jif line, this variety leans more toward a dry mouth feel that sticks to the roof of your mouth. cleveland, 12 June 2021 But commissioners made some concessions to neighbors’ concerns: The approval allows only three floors instead of four, and specifies that tenants cannot have access to the roof. Don Stacom, courant.com, 9 June 2021 On an evening in November, Mr. Wright slipped past security, took the stairs to the roof and began pulling himself up the tiara, unaware that security guards had spotted a mysterious bearded man on a surveillance camera. New York Times, 4 June 2021 Firefighters arrived within six minutes and found a large volume of fire in a garage and exterior unit, and heavy fire to the roof and exterior of an adjacent unit. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, 1 June 2021 Tuesday’s demonstration, with Carl and Hinkebein watching out a window as a Deuce Drones unit named Zoe flew to the roof overhead, offered just a small, sweet taste of that future. al, 1 June 2021 Because sprinklers were not required by code on the exterior balcony, the fire was able to spread upward to the roof more easily. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 24 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Cowboys rarely have the doors and/or roof open for September games. David Moore, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2020 As The Dallas Morning News' David Moore has reported, the team will likely have air conditioning running for Sunday’s game, making this the first time the A/C has run with the doors and/or roof open. Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2020 Medieval and nineteenth century builders constructed Notre-Dame’s spire and roof out of timbers covered with thin panels of lead. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Aug. 2020 Nicholas, Dave, Janette and John roofed the house and the garage. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2020 Backes was physical, hard-charging, and roofed a backhand goal on the move in the slot. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Sep. 2019 Zadina converted on a power play in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center, taking the puck and carrying it around the right circle for several seconds before roofing a shot. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2020 Pittsburgh defenseman Justin Schultz lost the puck at the offensive blue and Mikko Rantanen took it the other way, playing give-and-go with MacKinnon before MacKinnon roofed it over the shoulder of goalie Matt Murray. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, 16 Oct. 2019 Dvorak took a feed from linemate Nick Schmaltz, credited with the lone assist on the goal, and roofed a shot over Predators goaltender Juuse Saros. Richard Morin, azcentral, 18 Oct. 2019

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

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“Roof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roof. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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