Wooden rafters of a house under construction.
- An example of a rafter is someone who rafts down whitewater rivers.
- An example of a rafter is the large beam from which you can hang a heavy chandelier.
Origin of rafterMiddle English from Old English ræfter; akin to Old Norse raptr, log from Indo-European base an unverified form rep-, post, beam
Origin of rafterMiddle English from Old English ræfter
(third-person singular simple present rafters, present participle raftering, simple past and past participle raftered)
- To make (timber, etc.) into rafters.
- To furnish (a building) with rafters.
- (UK, agriculture) To plough so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unploughed ridge; to ridge.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Old English rÃ¦fter. Cognate with "raft".
- A raftsman.
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