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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.


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



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)
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


[ˈrɪdʒpəʊl] n (on tent) → asta di colmo
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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.
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.
As the horse bent to his work, the rope stiffened, the pulleys squeaked and a ponderous clump of hay would rise from the wagon up to the ridgepole where the carriage would link to the iron rail and be transported to wherever the hay was to be dumped.
Some buildings had single incline roofs while others had double incline roofs with a ridgepole.
another moment of air guitar, then he's holding the ridgepole for me as I tighten a guy line.
Extend this line across both top and bottom chords to mark the trim line for the ridgepole and trim the end with a saw.