Definitions for ROOFruf, rʊf
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the external upper covering of a house or other building.
a frame for supporting this:
an open-timbered roof.
the highest part or summit of anything:
the roof of the world.
something that covers in the manner of a roof, as the top of a car or the upper part of the mouth.
(v.t.)to provide or cover with a roof.
Idioms for roof:
go through the roof, (esp. of costs) to increase dramatically. Also,hit the roof.to lose one's temper; become enraged.
Category: Idiom, Common Vocabulary
Origin of roof:
bef. 900; ME; OE hrōf; c. D roef cover, cabin, ON hrōf boat shed
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
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the top outside part of a building or vehicle
the tiled roofs of the houses
the top inner part of the mouth
the roof of your mouth
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
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'ROOF' in Nouns Frequency: #950
Translations for ROOF
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the top covering of a building etc
a flat roof; a tiled roof; the roof of a car.
- dak, kapAfrikaans
- telhadoPortuguese (BR)
- das DachGerman
- tag; -tagDanish
- tak (utvendig)Norwegian
- çatı, dam, tavanTurkish
- 屋頂Chinese (Trad.)
- дах, покрівляUkrainian
- mái nhàVietnamese
- 屋顶Chinese (Simp.)
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