A cattle egret sits on the ridge of an elephant's back at Amboseli National Park in Kenya.
- An example of a ridge is the strip of mountains in the Southeast area of Mt. Everest from Nepal.
- An example of a ridge is along an animal's backbone.
- Obs. an animal's spine or back
- the long, narrow top or crest of something, as of an animal's back, a wave, a mountain, etc.
- a long, narrow elevation of land or a similar range of hills or mountains
- any raised line or raised narrow strip, as in corded fabric, plowed land, etc.
- the horizontal line formed by the meeting of two sloping surfaces: the ridge of a roof
- a long, narrow high-pressure area on a weather map
Origin of ridgeMiddle English rigge from Old English hrycg, akin to Old Norse hrygr, backbone, German rücken, back from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kreuk-, a hump, mound from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to bend from source Classical Latin curvus, bent, circus, a ring
intransitive verbridged, ridg′ing
- to mark or be marked with a ridge or ridges
- to form into or furnish with a ridge or ridges
- A long narrow upper section or crest: the ridge of a wave.
- a. A long, narrow, elevated section of the earth's surface, such as a chain of hills or mountains or the divide between adjacent valleys.b. A long mountain range on the ocean floor.
- A narrow, elongated zone of relatively high atmospheric pressure. Also called wedge .
- A long, narrow, or crested part of the body: the ridge of the nose.
- The horizontal line formed by the juncture of two sloping planes, especially the line formed by the surfaces at the top of a roof.
- A narrow, raised strip, as in cloth or on plowed ground.
verbridged, ridg·ing, ridg·es
Origin of ridgeMiddle English rigge from Old English hrycg ; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (anatomy) The back of any animal; especially the upper or projecting part of the back of a quadruped.
- Any extended protuberance; a projecting line or strip.
- The line along which two sloping surfaces meet which diverge towards the ground.
- The highest point on a roof, represented by a horizontal line where two roof areas intersect, running the length of the area.
- (fortifications) The highest portion of the glacis proceeding from the salient angle of the covered way.
- A chain of mountains.
- A chain of hills.
- A long narrow elevation on an ocean bottom.
- (meteorology) A type of warm air that comes down on to land from mountains.
(third-person singular simple present ridges, present participle ridging, simple past and past participle ridged)
From Middle English rigge, rygge, (also rig, ryg, rug), from Old English hrycg (“back, spine, ridge, elevated surface"), from Proto-Germanic *hrugjaz (“back"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreuk-, *(s)ker- (“to turn, bend"). Cognate with Scots rig (“back, spine, ridge"), North Frisian reg (“back"), West Frisian rÃªch (“back"), Dutch rug (“back, ridge"), German RÃ¼cken (“back, ridge"), Swedish rygg (“back, spine, ridge"), Icelandic hryggur (“spine"). Cognate to Albanian kÃ«rrus (“to bend one's back") and kurriz (“back").
- A surname after a natural landscape feature.
- A male given name transferred from the surname.
From Middle English.