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

The striking slanted roof also gives the space a more spacious feel. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "The 7 most impressive prefab homes from 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 One example — in one of the shots where Hester’s sliding down that roof. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "How Weta Digital created the steampunk world of Mortal Engines," 21 Dec. 2018 Decorate roof: Attach sliced almonds to roof pieces with royal icing. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 2018 The 21-room Apartment 1 is found on the west side of the Palace, and has just undergone a fairly spectacular $1.8 million-worth renovation on the roof and windows, in preparation for their royal highnesses' arrival. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Can Finally Move Into Their Kensington Palace Home After $1.8 Million Renovation," 5 Oct. 2018 People sought refuge on the roof and they were removed by fire department personnel. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Three People Were Injured in a Fire at Manhattan's Last Gilded Age Mansion," 11 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, up on the roof of the Herzog & de Meuron–desiged museum, Swizz Beatz held court. Vogue, "Christian Louboutin and Swizz Beatz Celebrate Artist Ebony Patterson at the Pérez Museum in Miami," 5 Dec. 2018 The goal is for the Gigafactory to draw its power from solar panels on the roof, plus geothermal heat and wind (as well as Tesla’s own batteries). Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will live and die by the Gigafactory," 30 Nov. 2018 For one, the roll will probably fit inside your car instead of on the roof. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The HAUGSVÄR IKEA Mattress Gave Me the Best Sleep of My Life," 18 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 No residents were injured, but at least one medic sitting an an ambulance sustained minor injuries when roofing material from one of the buildings crashed onto the vehicle and shattered the windshield, Brady said. Washington Post, "Wind damage to Md. apartment complex forces evacuation of more than 300," 2 Mar. 2018 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

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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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