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rafter1

Line breaks: raf¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈrɑːftə
 
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noun

A beam forming part of the internal framework of a roof: the rafters above his bed a vaulted hall with exposed rafters
More example sentences
  • Secure the rafters with two nails driven through each side of the rafters and into each of the double beams.
  • You need to be sure these new boards attached to the rafters all come out to exactly the same level, because you need to attach your finishing material to an even surface.
  • Nail up a set of reference strings on the rafters that protrude the most into the attic.

Origin

Old English ræfter, of Germanic origin; related to raft1.

Words that rhyme with rafter

after, drafter, grafter, hereafter, laughter, thereafter, whereafter

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There are 2 main definitions of rafter in English:

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rafter2

Line breaks: raft¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈrɑːftə
 
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noun

1A person who travels on a raft.
Example sentences
  • Angela, a whitewater rafter, skydiver and the family's risk-taker was intrigued by the idea.
  • He said the number of canoeists and rafters had risen so much it was driving fish and anglers away and ruining his business.
  • The other rafters and kayakers came back in the afternoon and they all reported that they had had a fabulous time at their respective water sports.
1.1A lumberjack who fastens logs into a raft to transport them by water.

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