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ridgepole

[rij-pohl] /ˈrɪdʒˌpoʊl/
noun
1.
the horizontal timber or member at the top of a roof, to which the upper ends of the rafters are fastened.
Also, ridge pole.
Also called ridgepiece
[rij-pees] /ˈrɪdʒˌpis/ (Show IPA),
ridge board.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; ridge + pole1
Related forms
ridgepoled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ridge pole

ridgepole

/ˈrɪdʒˌpəʊl/
noun
1.
a timber laid along the ridge of a roof, to which the upper ends of the rafters are attached
2.
the horizontal pole at the apex of a tent
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Word Origin and History for ridge pole

ridgepole

n.

also ridge-pole, 1670s, from ridge (n.) + pole (n.1).

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