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rafter1

[raf-ter, rahf-] /ˈræf tər, ˈrɑf-/
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
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English rǣfter; cognate with Middle Low German rafter, Old Norse raptr. See raft1
Related forms
unraftered, adjective

rafter2

[raf-ter, rahf-] /ˈræf tər, ˈrɑf-/
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.

rafter3

[raf-ter, rahf-] /ˈræf tər, ˈrɑf-/
noun
1.
a flock, especially of turkeys.
Origin
raft2 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for rafters

rafter

/ˈrɑːftə/
noun
1.
any one of a set of sloping beams that form the framework of a roof
Word Origin
Old English ræfter; related to Old Saxon rehter, Old Norse raptr, Old High German rāvo; see raft1
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Word Origin and History for rafters

rafter

n.

"sloping timber of a roof," Old English ræftras (West Saxon), reftras (Mercian), both plural, related to Old Norse raptr "log," from Proto-Germanic *raf-tra-, from PIE *rap-tro-, from root *rep- "stake, beam."

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