a protective covering that covers or forms the top of a building
protective covering on top of a motor vehicle
the inner top surface of a covered area or hollow space
"the roof of the cave was very high"; "I could see the roof of the bear's mouth"
ceiling, roof, cap(verb)
an upper limit on what is allowed
"he put a ceiling on the number of women who worked for him"; "there was a roof on salaries"; "they established a cap for prices"
provide a building with a roof; cover a building with a roof
the cover at top of a building
the upper part of a cavity
to cover or furnish with a roof
Origin: From hrof, from hrōfa, from kropo-.
the cover of any building, including the roofing (see Roofing) and all the materials and construction necessary to carry and maintain the same upon the walls or other uprights. In the case of a building with vaulted ceilings protected by an outer roof, some writers call the vault the roof, and the outer protection the roof mask. It is better, however, to consider the vault as the ceiling only, in cases where it has farther covering
that which resembles, or corresponds to, the covering or the ceiling of a house; as, the roof of a cavern; the roof of the mouth
the surface or bed of rock immediately overlying a bed of coal or a flat vein
to cover with a roof
to inclose in a house; figuratively, to shelter
Origin: [OE. rof, AS. hrf top, roof; akin to D. roef cabin, Icel. hrf a shed under which ships are built or kept; cf. OS. hrst roof, Goth. hrt. Cf. Roost.]
A roof is the covering on the uppermost part of a building. A roof protects the building and its contents from the effects of weather and the invasion of animals. Structures that require roofs range from a letter box to a cathedral or stadium, dwellings being the most numerous. In most countries a roof protects primarily against rain. In Persia the citizens used their roofs for milling wheat, farming, gardens and extra space. Depending upon the nature of the building, the roof may also protect against heat, sunlight, cold, snow and wind. Other types of structure, for example, a garden conservatory, might use roofing that protects against cold, wind and rain but admits light. A verandah may be roofed with material that protects against sunlight but admits the other elements. The characteristics of a roof are dependent upon the purpose of the building that it covers, the available roofing materials and the local traditions of construction and wider concepts of architectural design and practice and may also be governed by local or national legislation.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rōōf, n. the top covering of a house or building: a vault or arch, or the inner side of it: a house or dwelling: the upper part of the palate: the loftiest part, the roof and crown of things: the top of a subterraneous excavation: (geol.) the overlying stratum.—v.t. to cover with a roof: to shelter.—ns. Roof′er, one who roofs; Roof′ing, covering with a roof: materials for a roof: the roof itself: shelter.—adj. Roof′less, without a roof: having no house or home: unsheltered.—ns. Roof′let, a small roof or covering; Roof′-plate, a wall-plate which receives the lower ends of the rafters of a roof.—adj. Roof′-shaped, shaped like a gable roof.—ns. Roof′-stā′ging, a scaffold used in working on an inclined roof; Roof′-tree, the beam at the peak of a roof: the roof.—adj. Roof′y, having a roof or roofs.—French roof, a form of roof with almost vertical sides; Gothic roof, a very high-pitched roof; Mansard roof (see Mansard); Square roof, one in which the chief rafters meet at a right angle. [A.S. hróf; Dut. roef.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ROOF' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2596
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ROOF' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1884
Rank popularity for the word 'ROOF' in Nouns Frequency: #950
The numerical value of ROOF in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of ROOF in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The time to reapir the roof is when the sun is shining.
Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.
I remember he got on the roof and literally put the roof together on his own time and out of his own pocket.
For those who are on the roof become insolent as they don't know yet about the slope and the slipperiness of the roof!
Roof has told us he wishes to plead guilty, until we know whether the government will seek the death penalty, we cannot advise Mr. Roof.
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Translations for ROOF
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- سطح, سقفArabic
- örtük, damAzerbaijani
- sostre, teuladaCatalan, Valencian
- Dach, überdachenGerman
- οροφή, στέγη, στεγάζω, σκεπήGreek
- techo, tejado, techarSpanish
- teilatu, sabaiBasque
- katto, ulkokatto, vesikattoFinnish
- díon, ceannIrish
- mullachScottish Gaelic
- tető, háztetőHungarian
- ბურული, ბანი, სახურავიGeorgian
- шатыр, төбеKazakh
- سهربان, بانKurdish
- jumts, apjumtLatvian
- дээвэр, урсгалMongolian
- اتڤ, atap, بومبوڠ, bumbungMalay
- hooghan bikááʼNavajo, Navaho
- уӕлхӕдзарOssetian, Ossetic
- sklepienie, dach, stropPolish
- teto, telhado, céuPortuguese
- tet, tetgRomansh
- свод, кры́ша, кровRussian
- непце, кров, nepce, krovSerbo-Croatian
- ඡදනSinhala, Sinhalese
- streha, neboSlovene
- üçek, tamyň üstiTurkmen
- örtü, tavan, çatıTurkish
- mái nhàVietnamese
- nufitegön, nuf, nufönVolapük
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