rafter

1 [raf-ter, rahf-]
noun
1.
any of a series of timbers or the like, usually having a pronounced slope, for supporting the sheathing and covering of a roof.
verb (used with object)
2.
British Dialect. to plow (a field) so that the soil of a furrow is pushed over onto an unplowed adjacent strip.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English rǣfter; cognate with Middle Low German rafter, Old Norse raptr. See raft1

unraftered, adjective
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rafter

2 [raf-ter, rahf-]
noun
1.
a person who engages in the sport or pastime of rafting.
2.
a person who travels on a raft, especially to flee a country.

rafter

3 [raf-ter, rahf-]
noun
a flock, especially of turkeys.

Origin:
raft2 + -er1

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rafter (ˈrɑːftə)
 
n
any one of a set of sloping beams that form the framework of a roof
 
[Old English ræfter; related to Old Saxon rehter, Old Norse raptr, Old High German rāvo; see raft1]

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rafter
"sloping timber of a roof," O.E. ræftras (W.Saxon), reftras (Mercian), both plural, related to O.N. raptr (see raft (1)), from P.Gmc. *raf-.
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Example sentences
No matter how loudly you shout it from the rafters, people will keep eating
  meat.
The post in question was a wonderful photograph of a wall of bookshelves filled
  to the rafters with various texts.
It leads to a great room packed to the rafters with other difficulties.
Rafters radiate from the cupola to support the round roof.
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