from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A horizontal beam at the ridge of a roof to which the rafters are attached. Also called ridgeboard.
  • n. The horizontal pole at the top of a tent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a horizontal pole that supports the roof of a tent
  • n. a beam along the ridge of a roof to which the rafters are attached

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The timber forming the ridge of a roof, into which the rafters are secured.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The board or timber at the ridge of a roof, into which the rafters are fastened. Also called ridge-plate or ridge-piece. See cut under roof.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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


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ridge +‎ pole


  • From there he gained the roof of a chicken-house, passed over the ridgepole and dropped to the ground inside.

    The God's Domain

  • I have a wife for you — nay, two wives, for your days are short and I shall surely live to see you hang with my fathers from the canoe-house ridgepole.


  • Sculptures of Falcon and Rattlesnake adorned the ends of the soaring ridgepole, as if to threaten the Sky World itself.

    Fire The Sky

  • The mikko descended wooden stairs from his steep-roofed palace, its ridgepole adorned with sculptures of ivory-billed woodpeckers.

    Fire The Sky

  • I made opening so I could slide the ridgepole (carefully!) through the tent rather than hanging it from the ridgepoles.

    Wall tents

  • None of the traditional carved totems rose from the ridgepole.

    Fire The Sky

  • We passed one of the elaborate clan houses, this one festooned with magnificent raccoon carvings; one was seated atop the ridgepole over the doorway, his forepaws dangling.

    Fire The Sky

  • Her vegetable stand is still there, paint chipping, its ridgepole succumbing to gravity.

    The Dirty Life

  • Fully awake now, the men then pitched in and spent the rest of the night replacing the ridgepole.


  • He told his guests, and they apparently believed him, that the loud noise they had heard had been made by the cracking of the ridgepole, the main beam holding up the sod roof of the saloon.



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