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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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"I knew a girl in Marysville who could walk the ridgepole of a roof."
"I don't believe anybody could walk a ridgepole. YOU couldn't, anyhow."
"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.
But what would you have done, Marilla, if you had been dared to walk a ridgepole?"
I received her as politely as I could, because I think she was sorry she dared me to walk a ridgepole. If I had been killed she would had to carry a dark burden of remorse all her life.
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. In the meantime the state of affairs was not that of a truce but of a stalemate.
From there he gained the roof of a chicken- house, passed over the ridgepole and dropped to the ground inside.
An A-frame consists of four legs and a connecting ridgepole; a good example of an A-frame is an old pipe-frame swingset.
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.