ridge-board

ridgepole

[rij-pohl]
noun
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] , ridge board.


Origin:
1780–90; ridge + pole1

ridgepoled, adjective
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ridgepole (ˈrɪdʒˌpəʊl)
 
n
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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