Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long narrow upper section or crest.
  • noun A long, narrow, elevated section of the earth's surface, such as a chain of hills or mountains or the divide between adjacent valleys.
  • noun A long mountain range on the ocean floor.
  • noun A narrow, elongated zone of relatively high atmospheric pressure.
  • noun A long, narrow, or crested part of the body.
  • noun The horizontal line formed by the juncture of two sloping planes, especially the line formed by the surfaces at the top of a roof.
  • noun A narrow, raised strip, as in cloth or on plowed ground.
  • intransitive verb To mark with, form into, or provide with a ridge or ridges.
  • intransitive verb To form a ridge or ridges.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cover or mark with ridges; rib.
  • To rise or stretch in ridges.
  • noun The back of any animal; especially, the upper or projecting part of the back of a quadruped.
  • noun Any extended protuberance; a projecting line or strip; a long and narrow pile sloping at the sides; specifically, a long elevation of land, or the summit of such an elevation; an extended hill or mountain.
  • noun In agriculture, a strip of ground thrown up by a plow or left between furrows; a bed of ground formed by furrow-slices running the whole length of the field, varying in breadth according to circumstances, and divided from another by gutters or open furrows, parallel to each other, which last serve as guides to the hand and eye of the sower, to the reapers, and also for the application of manures in a regular manner. In wet soils they also serve as drains for carrying off the surface-water. In Wales, formerly, a measure of land, 20 ¼ feet.
  • noun The highest part of the roof of a building; specifically, the meeting of the upper ends of the rafters.
  • noun In fortification, the highest portion of the glacis, proceeding from the salient angle of the covered way.
  • noun In anatomy and zoology, a prominent border; an elevated line, or crest; a lineal protuberance: said especially of rough elevations on bones for muscular or ligamentous attachments: as, the superciliary, occipital, mylohyoid, condylar, etc., ridges.
  • noun A succession of small processes along the small abaft the hump of a sperm-whale, or the top of the back just forward of the small. The ridge is thickest just around the hump. See scrag-whale.
  • noun One of the several linear elevations of the lining membrane of the roof of a horse's mouth, more commonly called bars. Similar ridges occur on the hard palate of most mammals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To form a ridge of; to furnish with a ridge or ridges; to make into a ridge or ridges.
  • transitive verb To form into ridges with the plow, as land.
  • transitive verb To wrinkle.
  • noun The back, or top of the back; a crest.
  • noun A range of hills or mountains, or the upper part of such a range; any extended elevation between valleys.
  • noun A raised line or strip, as of ground thrown up by a plow or left between furrows or ditches, or as on the surface of metal, cloth, or bone, etc.
  • noun (Arch.) The intersection of two surface forming a salient angle, especially the angle at the top between the opposite slopes or sides of a roof or a vault.
  • noun (Fort.) The highest portion of the glacis proceeding from the salient angle of the covered way.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy The back of any animal; especially the upper or projecting part of the back of a quadruped.
  • noun Any extended protuberance; a projecting line or strip.
  • noun The line along which two sloping surfaces meet which diverge towards the ground.
  • noun Highest point on a roof, represented by a horizontal line where two roof areas intersect, running the length of the area.
  • noun A chain of mountains.
  • noun A chain of hills.
  • noun A long narrow elevation on an ocean bottom.
  • noun meteorology A type of warm air that comes down on to land from mountains.
  • verb transitive To form into a ridge
  • verb intransitive To extend in ridges

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any long raised border or margin of a bone or tooth or membrane
  • verb throw soil toward (a crop row) from both sides
  • verb extend in ridges
  • verb plough alternate strips by throwing the furrow onto an unploughed strip
  • verb spade into alternate ridges and troughs
  • noun a long narrow natural elevation on the floor of the ocean
  • noun a long narrow range of hills
  • noun a long narrow natural elevation or striation
  • noun any long raised strip
  • noun a beam laid along the edge where two sloping sides of a roof meet at the top; provides an attachment for the upper ends of rafters
  • verb form into a ridge

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English rigge, from Old English hrycg; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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 rêch ("back"), Dutch rug ("back, ridge"), German Rücken ("back, ridge"), Swedish rygg ("back, spine, ridge"), Icelandic hryggur ("spine"). Cognate to Albanian kërrus ("to bend one's back") and kurriz ("back").

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