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[roof-tree, roo f-] /ˈrufˌtri, ˈrʊf-/
the ridgepole of a roof.
the roof itself.
Origin of rooftree
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see roof, tree Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Nevertheless I long day and night to see her face, and to sit beneath the shadow of my own rooftree.

  • She had seen a framework erected, a rooftree set, and joists and rafters and beams swinging into place.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • He was alone under his own rooftree, alone with an oppressive silence and his own thoughts.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Elizabethan London was a musical city, and part-singing was cultivated beneath the rooftree of every well-to-do burgher.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
  • The people who paid for its construction saw in its growing walls and rooftree only the few hundred dollars they hoped to gain.

    Making the House a Home Edgar A. Guest
  • The fire licked up the trees, and the farm, and the rooftree before their eyes.

  • For two lively years a brace of graduate students, Cherub and Seraph, folded their wings beneath the Scarab rooftree.

  • Settled under their own rooftree in the golden land of California, the family for a time were measurably happy.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
  • It ceased, and it was evident that the gaol from dungeon to rooftree was in the power of the "Lads of the Heather."

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • He lifted his first rooftree in what then were still the wilds of Prince William County.

British Dictionary definitions for rooftree


another name for ridgepole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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