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Webster 1913 Edition


Ridge

Ridge

(rĭj)
,
Noun.
[OE.
rigge
the back, AS.
hrycg
; akin to D.
rug
, G.
rücken
, OHG.
rucki
,
hrukki
, Icel.
hryggr
, Sw.
rugg
, Dan.
ryg
. √16.]
1.
The back, or top of the back; a crest.
Hudibras.
2.
A range of hills or mountains, or the upper part of such a range; any extended elevation between valleys.
“The frozen ridges of the Alps.”
Shak.
Part rise in crystal wall, or
ridge
direct.
Milton.
3.
A raised line or strip, as of ground thrown up by a plow or left between furrows or ditches, or as on the surface of metal, cloth, or bone, etc.
4.
(Arch.)
The intersection of two surface forming a salient angle, especially the angle at the top between the opposite slopes or sides of a roof or a vault.
5.
(Fort.)
The highest portion of the glacis proceeding from the salient angle of the covered way.
Stocqueler.

Ridge

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Ridged
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Ridging
.]
1.
To form a ridge of; to furnish with a ridge or ridges; to make into a ridge or ridges.
Bristles ranged like those that
ridge
the back
Of chafed wild boars.
Milton.
2.
To form into ridges with the plow, as land.
3.
To wrinkle.
“With a forehead ridged.”
Cowper.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ridge

RIDGE

,
Noun.
[L. rugo.]
1.
The back or top of the back.
2.
A long or continued range of hills or mountains; or the upper part of such a range. We say, a long ridge of hills, or the highest ridge.
3.
A steep elevation, eminence or protuberance.
Part rise in crystal wall, or ridge direct.
4.
A long rising land, or a strip of ground thrown up by a plow or left between furrows. Ps. 65.
5.
The top of the roof of a building.
6.
Any long elevation of land.
7.
Ridges of a horse's mouth, are wrinkles or risings of flesh in the roof of the mouth.

RIDGE

, v.t.
1.
To form a ridge; as bristles that ridge the back of a boar.
2.
In tillage, to form into ridges with the plow. The farmers in Connecticut ridge their land for maize, leaving a balk between two ridges.
3.
To wrinkle.

Definition 2022


Ridge

Ridge

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English

Proper noun

Ridge

  1. A surname after a natural landscape feature.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

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  • rig (dialectal)

Noun

ridge (plural ridges)

  1. (anatomy) The back of any animal; especially the upper or projecting part of the back of a quadruped.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hudibras to this entry?)
  2. Any extended protuberance; a projecting line or strip.
  3. The line along which two sloping surfaces meet which diverge towards the ground.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
      It was not far from the house; but the ground sank into a depression there, and the ridge of it behind shut out everything except just the roof of the tallest hayrick. As one sat on the sward behind the elm, with the back turned on the rick and nothing in front but the tall elms and the oaks in the other hedge, it was quite easy to fancy it the verge of the prairie with the backwoods close by.
  4. The highest point on a roof, represented by a horizontal line where two roof areas intersect, running the length of the area.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 26, in The Dust of Conflict:
      Maccario, it was evident, did not care to take the risk of blundering upon a picket, and a man led them by twisting paths until at last the hacienda rose blackly before them. Appleby could see it dimly, a blur of shadowy buildings with the ridge of roof parapet alone cutting hard and sharp against the clearing sky.
  5. (fortifications) The highest portion of the glacis proceeding from the salient angle of the covered way.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Stocqueler to this entry?)
  6. A chain of mountains.
  7. A chain of hills.
  8. A long narrow elevation on an ocean bottom.
  9. (meteorology) A type of warm air that comes down on to land from mountains.

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Verb

ridge (third-person singular simple present ridges, present participle ridging, simple past and past participle ridged)

  1. (transitive) To form into a ridge
  2. (intransitive) To extend in ridges

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