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

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 Other sites will get solar canopies, designed to resemble a contemporary aluminum roof. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Why are solar trees popping up all over? Thank thousands of South Florida families," 13 July 2018 Willis said other videos show someone climbing onto a roof and breaking into the kitchen. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Life is completely not normal’: Chugiak family’s life turned upside down by burglary," 12 July 2018 While nothing is set in stone with regards to the Ybor City stadium, the estimated cost of building it—featuring a retractable roof and glass walls but also the fewest seats of any in the majors—sits at $892 million. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Rays' Proposed New Stadium Looks Beautiful, But Who Is Going to Pay for It?," 11 July 2018 Midcentury modern design and architecture are experiencing a revival in popularity, but in Glenbrook Valley, those flat roofs and geometric lines never went out of style. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Glenbrook Valley still draws stylish visitors," 11 July 2018 The 158-room hotel boasts a gorgeous roof top bar and restaurant and an eclectic, industrial-chic design. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Why Milwaukee, Wisconsin Is the Midwest’s Coolest (and Most Underrated) City," 10 July 2018 The family’s dog, now in police custody, had been tied up on the roof, Singh told The Washington Post. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Death of 11 family members in India may be ritual ‘mass suicide,’ police say," 3 July 2018 Meanwhile, a neighbor who had witnessed Eckstein climbing on the roof and banging on the window, called the girl's mother, who had also spoken with her daughter during the argument and after Eckstein was injured. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha man faces two felony counts after injuring police officer following violence and vandalism at home," 22 June 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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