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 combinationslate-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

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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 Now, in keeping with plans the couple made, at least 30 pieces from the collection are coming to auction in December at Phillips in New York at a time when prices for art by Black artists have gone through the roof. James Tarmy, Bloomberg.com, "A New Sale Will Test the Auction Market for Works by Black Artists," 23 Oct. 2020 But this year, demand is through the roof, according to Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, who runs the non-profit, non-partisan U.S. Vote Foundation, which helps American nationals overseas register and vote. Elizabeth Palmer, CBS News, "Overseas voting in U.S. election could double as anxious Americans mail in their ballots," 22 Oct. 2020 And its ubiquitous coffee pods went through the roof. David Meyer, Fortune, "Some companies are thriving in the pandemic," 22 Oct. 2020 Tons of new changes and having to adapt to them has caused my anxiety to go through the roof. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "Why I decided to find a therapist during the pandemic," 15 Oct. 2020 His attention to detail for a young player is through the roof. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Why Kentucky football coaches are comparing freshman JuTahn McClain to Benny Snell," 15 Oct. 2020 But after a rapid reopening in May — and perhaps a premature sense of security this summer, when revelers held a celebratory pandemic-vanquishing dinner across Prague’s iconic Charles Bridge — cases and deaths are now through the roof. Washington Post, "Covid-19 cases hit records in Europe, surpassing the United States," 14 Oct. 2020 This is a big reason why Lamb’s potential is through the roof. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Why Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb has been even better than expected as a rookie," 13 Oct. 2020 The stock market tanked and volatility shot through the roof, right on cue. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "If Trump loses but won’t concede, how will the markets react?," 26 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Behind the scenes on Cowboys gameday in age of COVID-19: Changes you may or may not notice at AT&T Stadium this season," 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, "Lead From Notre-Dame Fire Discovered in Parisian Beehives," 3 Aug. 2020 Nicholas, Dave, Janette and John roofed the house and the garage. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spiral staircase, 30-foot ceilings are just part of massive duplex overhaul in Washington Heights," 9 Jan. 2020 Backes was physical, hard-charging, and roofed a backhand goal on the move in the slot. BostonGlobe.com, "With one date left in their exhibition schedule, the Bruins made their deepest round of roster cuts yet.," 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, "Detroit Red Wings' Filip Zadina a bright spot during miserable season. Here's why," 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, "Avalanche falls short against Penguins, drops first game of season in overtime," 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, "Phil Kessel scores twice in Arizona Coyotes' rout of Nashville Predators," 18 Oct. 2019 Others associated cottonseed oil with soap or with its emerging industrial uses in dyes, roofing tar and explosives. Helen Zoe Veit, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Crisco Made Americans Believers in Industrial Food," 3 Feb. 2012

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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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Time Traveler for roof

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Roof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roof. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for roof

roof

noun
How to pronounce roof (audio) How to pronounce roof (audio)

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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