Webster 1913 Edition
ræfter; akin to E.
raft, n. See
Originally, any rough and somewhat heavy piece of timber. Now, commonly, one of the timbers of a roof which are put on sloping, according to the inclination of the roof. See Illust. of
[Courtesy] oft is sooner found in lowly sheds,
rafters, than in tapestry halls.
To make into rafters, as timber.
To furnish with rafters, as a house.
To plow so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unplowed ridge; to ridge.
Webster 1828 Edition
A roof timber; a piece of timber that extends from the plate of a building to the ridge and serves to support the covering of the roof.