Definition of ridgepole in English:

ridgepole

Syllabification: ridge·pole
Pronunciation: /ˈrijˌpōl
 
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noun

  • 1A horizontal beam along the ridge of a roof, into which the rafters are fastened.
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    • Next, Moore says, place the middle of the roll on the ridge pole, the purlin or brace that runs down the peak.
    • The rafters have crumbled, the ridge pole is smashed!
    • Later sages established the standards [of housing] with ridge poles and rafters above and foundations below to provide shelter from wind and rain.
  • 2The horizontal pole of a long tent.
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    • Both of these are big enough for quartering an elk or lopping off a ridge pole for your tent, yet they're sufficiently thin to do a good job of slicing bacon for the breakfast skillet.
    • The ridge pole (this fieldhouse has two - only one shown) and side diagonal braces are attached by duct tape - perfect for this temporary construction.

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