Rafter definition

răftər
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One of the sloping beams that supports a pitched roof.
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(UK, agriculture) To plough so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unploughed ridge; to ridge.
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Any of the boards or planks that slope from the ridge of a roof to the eaves and serve to support the roof.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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The definition of a rafter is someone who uses a raft, or the boards that support a roof.

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.

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One who travels by raft.
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A person who rafts.
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To make (timber, etc.) into rafters.
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To furnish (a building) with rafters.
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One of a series of sloped beams that extend from the ridge or hip to the downslope perimeter or eave, designed to support the roof deck and its associated loads.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rafter
Plural:
rafters

Origin of rafter

  • Middle English from Old English ræfter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English ræfter. Cognate with "raft".

    From Wiktionary

  • raft +"Ž -er

    From Wiktionary