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 But the roof collapsed later that year in a storm and the chapel was demolished on March 15, 1999, due to safety concerns. Meagan Hurley, Dallas News, "Once sacred, now gone: Fires, disrepair overwhelmed some of Dallas’ irreplaceable churches," 1 Apr. 2021 The roof will be closed thanks to temperatures that might not crack 40 degrees, but fans will surely be excited to return to American Family Field (if they can get used to not calling it Miller Park). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opening day live blog: No score through first two innings," 1 Apr. 2021 By the time the fire was out, most of the bigger house’s roof had collapsed. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Rockville houses unlivable after fire that displaced 25 and killed three pets," 30 Mar. 2021 Five months after the restaurant opened, the roof collapsed. BostonGlobe.com, "Mastering the cheese pull at Kimchipapi Kitchen," 30 Mar. 2021 The roof of the media center at Apollo Middle collapsed in April 1979. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "Four schools close due to fears of roof collapse," 30 Mar. 2021 On a night with temperatures in the 70s, the retractable roof at Globe Life was open, allowing a breezy south wind to blow through. New York Times, "Texas Removes Restrictions, but Fans Show Some Caution," 29 Mar. 2021 The roof collapsed before firefighters eventually got the blaze under control. Washington Post, "Two Prince George’s County firefighters injured in Sunday house fire," 28 Mar. 2021 Brees missed nine games the past two seasons due to injuries, and the Superdome roof hardly collapsed. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill? Life without Drew Brees will test Saints' creative mojo," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Cowboys rarely have the doors and/or roof open for September games. David Moore, Dallas News, "Pods, prepackaged food and an open roof (maybe): The game day experience at AT&T Stadium ‘will be a little bit different’," 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, "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

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Roof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roof. Accessed 11 Apr. 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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