- The definition of a ridge is a long, narrow crest of something.
- 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.
- Obsolete 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
- 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 ridged, 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 (â€œback, spine, ridge, elevated surfaceâ€), from Proto-Germanic *hrugjaz (â€œbackâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreuk-, *(s)ker- (â€œto turn, bendâ€). Cognate with Scots rig (â€œback, spine, ridgeâ€), North Frisian reg (â€œbackâ€), West Frisian rÃªch (â€œbackâ€), Dutch rug (â€œback, ridgeâ€), German RÃ¼cken (â€œback, ridgeâ€), Swedish rygg (â€œback, spine, ridgeâ€), Icelandic hryggur (â€œspineâ€). Cognate to Albanian kÃ«rrus (â€œto bend one's backâ€) and kurriz (â€œbackâ€).
- A surnameâ€‹ after a natural landscape feature.
- A male given name transferred from the surname.
From Middle English.