American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who travels by raft.
- n. One of the sloping beams that supports a pitched roof.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In building, one of the beams which give the slope of a roof, and to which is secured the lath or other framework upon which the slate or other outer covering is nailed. The rafters extend from the eaves to the ridge of the roof, abutting at their upper ends on corresponding rafters rising from the opposite side of the roof, or resting against a crown-plate or ridge-plate as the case may be. For the different kinds of rafters in a structure, see
roof, and cuts under curb-roof, jack-rafter, and pontoon.
- n. Same as carline, 2.
- n. In anatomy, a trabecule or trabeculum: as, the rafters of the embryonic skull.
- To form into or like rafters: as, to rafter timber.
- To furnish or build with rafters: as, to rafter a house.
- In agriculture, to plow, as a piece of land, by turning the grass side of the plowed furrow on a strip of ground left unplowed.
- n. One who is employed in rafting timber, or transporting it in rafts, as from a ship to the shore.
- n. 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.
- n. flock of turkeys
- v. transitive To make (timber, etc.) into rafters.
- v. transitive To furnish (a building) with rafters.
- v. UK, agriculture To plough so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unploughed ridge; to ridge.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A raftsman.
- n. (Arch.) Originally, any rough and somewhat heavy piece of timber. Now, commonly, one of the timbers of a roof which are put on sloping, according to the inclination of the roof. See
- v. To make into rafters, as timber.
- v. To furnish with rafters, as a house.
- v. (Agric.), engraving To plow so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unplowed ridge; to ridge.
- v. provide (a ceiling) with rafters
- n. one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
- n. someone who travels by raft
- Old English ræfter. Cognate with "raft". (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English ræfter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Love the end of the pool .... very cool! kast on 03 Feb 2009 at 5: 58 pm # the steel beams and rafter is nice. its give an attractive visual point for me.”
“There are no walls up here, just chunky rafters and a roof overhead (one rafter is inscribed with "2007," the year the truss system was built).”
“A huge man in rafter's dress, with a long pole, suddenly came from behind a tree.”
“The very stones of thy palace built by rapine shall testify against thee (Lu 19: 40). the beam out of the timber -- the crossbeam or main rafter connecting the timbers in the walls. shall answer it -- namely, the stone.”
“I kept shooing her over the fence, thinking I was helping her to meet up with the flock (or "rafter") down the road.”
“Brock's method, as explained in a voice-over in his online tutorial, was to climb away from opponents and hide along a rafter.”
“I have been pummeled by blind nuns in Costa Rica, trammeled by a galloping male masseur hanging from a rafter in China, I've been to strange shady little strip mall parlors and glam spas that gave me cucumber water.”
“Fortunately I built an octagon house to slip through the wind and to withstand it with integral shear walls, thick and wide earthquake foundation footers, hurricane rafter ties, a 140 mph roof and a backup generator.”
“Diaz was the first Cuban '' truck-o-naut, '' using a modified 1948 Buick to try to escape the island with his family during the 1994 Cuban rafter crisis.”
“So my wife says, 'Why don't we go to New York?'" said Mr. Neeson, who was busy setting up rafter poles.”
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