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roofing

[roo-fing, roo f-ing] /ˈru fɪŋ, ˈrʊf ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of covering with a roof.
2.
material for roofs.
3.
a roof.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English rovyng. See roof, -ing1

roof

[roof, roo f] /ruf, rʊf/
noun, plural roofs.
1.
the external upper covering of a house or other building.
2.
a frame for supporting this:
an open-timbered roof.
3.
the highest part or summit:
The Himalayas are the roof of the world.
4.
something that in form or position resembles the roof of a house, as the top of a car, the upper part of the mouth, etc.
5.
a house.
6.
Mining. the rock immediately above a horizontal mineral deposit.
verb (used with object)
7.
to provide or cover with a roof.
Idioms
8.
go through the roof,
  1. to increase beyond all expectations:
    Foreign travel may very well go through the roof next year.
  2. Also, hit the roof. Informal. to lose one's temper; become extremely angry.
9.
raise the roof, Informal.
  1. to create a loud noise:
    The applause raised the roof.
  2. to complain or protest noisily:
    He'll raise the roof when he sees that bill.
Origin
before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English hrōf; cognate with Dutch roef cover, cabin, Old Norse hrōf
Related forms
rooflike, adjective
reroof, verb (used with object)
self-roofed, adjective
underroof, noun
unroofed, adjective
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  • My neighbors did roofing, cleaning and cooking for a living.
  • After filling each hole, he walked over to a nearby tree and hammered in some roofing nails.
  • Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings.
  • Mask roof edges with metal drip edging, attaching it with roofing nails.
  • In the introduction, copper was mentioned for its usage in roofing and pipes.
  • There is talk of incorporating them into roofing materials and tinted windows.
  • Other indicators, such as sales of roofing material, point to busier economic activity.
  • roofing materials can also be specified if a community wants a high standard of construction.
  • They designed a prototype house built around waterproofed bamboo sheet roofing and bamboo-reinforced concrete walls.
  • The roofing nails were to be used as ice picks, for clawing forward on one's stomach.
British Dictionary definitions for roofing

roofing

/ˈruːfɪŋ/
noun
1.
material used to construct a roof
2.
the act of constructing a roof

roof

/ruːf/
noun (pl) roofs (ruːfs; ruːvz)
1.
  1. a structure that covers or forms the top of a building
  2. (in combination): the rooftop
  3. (as modifier): a roof garden
2.
the top covering of a vehicle, oven, or other structure: the roof of a car
3.
(anatomy) any structure that covers an organ or part: the roof of the mouth
4.
a highest or topmost point or part: Mount Everest is the roof of the world
5.
a house or other shelter: a poor man's roof
6.
(mountaineering) the underside of a projecting overhang
7.
(informal) hit the roof, go through the roof
  1. to get extremely angry; become furious
  2. to rise or increase steeply
8.
raise the roof
  1. to create a boisterous disturbance
  2. to react or protest heatedly
verb
9.
(transitive) to provide or cover with a roof or rooflike part
Derived Forms
roofer, noun
roofless, adjective
rooflike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hrōf; related to Middle Dutch, Old Norse hrōf
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Word Origin and History for roofing

roof

n.

Old English hrof "roof, ceiling, top, summit; heaven, sky," also figuratively, "highest point of something," from Proto-Germanic *khrofam (cf. Old Frisian rhoof "roof," Middle Dutch roof, rouf "cover, roof," Dutch roef "deckhouse, cabin, coffin-lid," Middle High German rof "penthouse," Old Norse hrof "boat shed").

No apparent connections outside Germanic. "English alone has retained the word in a general sense, for which the other languages use forms corresponding to OE. þæc thatch" [OED]. Roof of the mouth is from late Old English. Raise the roof "create an uproar" is attested from 1860, originally in U.S. Southern dialect.

v.

early 15c., from roof (n.). Related: Roofed; roofing.

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roofing in Medicine

roof (rōōf, ruf)
n.
The upper surface of an anatomical structure, especially one having a vaulted inner structure.

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Slang definitions & phrases for roofing

roof

Related Terms

fall off the roof, raise the roof


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Idioms and Phrases with roofing

roof

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