ridgepole


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ridge·pole

 (rĭj′pōl′)
n.
1. A horizontal beam at the ridge of a roof to which the rafters are attached. Also called ridgeboard.
2. The horizontal pole at the top of a tent.

ridgepole

(ˈrɪdʒˌpəʊl)
n
1. (Building) a timber laid along the ridge of a roof, to which the upper ends of the rafters are attached
2. the horizontal pole at the apex of a tent

ridge•pole

(ˈrɪdʒˌpoʊl)

n.
the horizontal timber or member at the top of a roof, to which the upper ends of the rafters are fastened.
Also called ridge′piece` (-ˌpis)
[1780–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ridgepole - a beam laid along the edge where two sloping sides of a roof meet at the top; provides an attachment for the upper ends of rafters
beam - long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
gable roof, saddle roof, saddleback roof, saddleback - a double sloping roof with a ridge and gables at each end
Translations

ridgepole

[ˈrɪdʒpəʊl] n (on tent) → asta di colmo
References in classic literature ?
I knew a girl in Marysville who could walk the ridgepole of a roof.
I dare you to climb up there and walk the ridgepole of Mr.
I shall walk that ridgepole, Diana, or perish in the attempt.
Anne climbed the ladder amid breathless silence, gained the ridgepole, balanced herself uprightly on that precarious footing, and started to walk along it, dizzily conscious that she was uncomfortably high up in the world and that walking ridgepoles was not a thing in which your imagination helped you out much.
I received her as politely as I could, because I think she was sorry she dared me to walk a ridgepole.
Thenceforth the Annos had feared the thorns too greatly to dare again, although ever their vindictiveness smouldered and they lived in hope of the day when Nalasu's head should adorn their ridgepole.
From there he gained the roof of a chicken- house, passed over the ridgepole and dropped to the ground inside.
A ridgepole made with 20-foot lengths of PVC pipe are secured to every five hoops with 1/4-inch carriage bolts.
He glued the end frames together, but not the ridgepole and top plates so the mini-greenhouse can be disassembled for storage.
On the cover of Dearmer's book published in 1900 two white doves perch in perpetuity atop the ridgepole of an Ark (Fig.
So came our Captain with the mighty heart: And when the step of earthquake shook the house, Wrenching rafters from their ancient hold, He held the ridgepole up, and spiked again The rafters of the Home.
Tiny, hot hand inside her nightgown, reaching for a breast, crowding her to the edge of the bed till she's balanced there like she's lying on the ridgepole of a house.