AskDefine | Define rooftree

Dictionary Definition

rooftree n : a beam laid along the ridge of a roof; provides attachment for upper end of rafters [syn: ridge, ridgepole]

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English

Etymology

From roof + tree.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /ˈɹuːftɹiː/

Noun

  1. The primary beam of a roof.
    • 1942: there an Annunciation that annihilates time by showing a rooftree throw the shadow of a cross between the Virgin and the angel — Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 985)
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