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

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 In the summer, researchers will have to contend with the blazing sun, which can burn their eyes, the insides of their nostrils and even the roof of their mouth. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Marooned: Researchers Will Freeze Their Ship into Arctic Ocean Ice for a Year," 17 Sep. 2019 And has the roof reached the end of its functional life? Ellen James Martin | Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, courant.com, "Smart Moves: Redos and redon’ts if you’re planning to sell," 16 Sep. 2019 No running boards are needed to reach the roof to secure a bike or board. San Diego Union-Tribune, "550-hp Jaguar F-Pace SVR: all claws, fangs and growl in a velvet coat," 15 Sep. 2019 The roof and some joints are porous, electrical requirements still fall short, the HVAC is so shoddy the place had to be shut down for a few days this summer and the elevator doesn’t go to the top floor. Roy S. Johnson, al, "Johnson: Who whiffed on Negro Southern League League Museum construction?," 15 Sep. 2019 The Swedish-themed restaurant has sod on the roof and goats can be found grazing during the day. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Keys to Door County: food, hikes and spectacular sunsets," 14 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, in the existing museum, the bathrooms had mold, the roof was leaking and the foundations were crumbling, among other maintenance issues, Gorman said. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, "Troubled times at Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon, Ill.: ‘We cannot keep bleeding money’," 14 Sep. 2019 In addition, a GoFundMe site sponsored by the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation at gf.me/u/u9pzj4 has been established on Facebook to raise funds to replace the roof on the Paw Paw Building, the fourth building in the complex. Joanne Bierly, baltimoresun.com, "Port Deposit: Bainbridge Day activities set throughout the day Sunday," 13 Sep. 2019 The front steps, the grass, and even the roof are dotted with gourds. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Pumpkin House in West Virginia Is Decorated With 3,000 Pumpkins Every Halloween," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once bottles have become trash, entrepreneurs around the world are turning them into printer ink cartridges, fence posts, roofing tiles, carpets, flooring, and boats, to name only a few items. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage," 23 Aug. 2019 The house is roofed with slate with copper for its soffits and gutters. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Terraces, balconies make $3M Grosse Pointe Shores mansion special," 20 July 2019 Private companies have been trying out solutions in poor, crowded neighborhoods such as Makindye-Lukuli, where trash piles up around tin-roofed homes. Washington Post, "Africa’s booming cities face a severe toilet crisis," 27 July 2019 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

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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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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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