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Webster 1913 Edition


Rafter

Raft′er

(rȧft′ẽr)
,
Noun.
A raftsman.

Raft′er

,
Noun.
[AS.
ræfter
; akin to E.
raft
, n. See
Raft
.]
(Arch.)
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
Queen-post
.
[Courtesy] oft is sooner found in lowly sheds,
With smoky
rafters
, than in tapestry halls.
Milton.

Raft′er

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To make into rafters, as timber.
2.
To furnish with rafters, as a house.
3.
(Agric.)
To plow so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unplowed ridge; to ridge.
[Eng.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Rafter

R'AFTER

,
Noun.
[Gr. to cover; a roof.]
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.

Definition 2022


rafter

rafter

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹɑːftə(ɹ)/
  • (Canada, US) IPA(key): /ˈɹæftəɹ/

Noun

rafter (plural rafters)

  1. One of a series of sloped beams that extend from the ridge or hip to the downslope perimeter or eave, designed to support the roof deck and its associated loads.
  2. flock of turkeys
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    Verb

    rafter (third-person singular simple present rafters, present participle raftering, simple past and past participle raftered)

    1. (transitive) To make (timber, etc.) into rafters.
    2. (transitive) To furnish (a building) with rafters.
    3. (Britain, agriculture) To plough so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unploughed ridge; to ridge.

    Etymology 2

    raft + -er

    Noun

    rafter (plural rafters)

    1. A raftsman.
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