Definitions for rafterˈræf tər, ˈrɑf-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rafter, balk, baulk(noun)

    one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

  2. raftsman, raftman, rafter(verb)

    someone who travels by raft

  3. rafter(verb)

    provide (a ceiling) with rafters


  1. rafter(Noun)

    one of a series of sloped beams that extend from the ridge or hip to the downslope perimeter or eave, designed to support the roof deck and its associated loads.

  2. rafter(Noun)

    flock of turkeys

  3. Origin: Old English ræfter. Cognate with "raft".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rafter(noun)

    a raftsman

  2. Rafter(noun)

    originally, any rough and somewhat heavy piece of timber. Now, commonly, one of the timbers of a roof which are put on sloping, according to the inclination of the roof. See Illust. of Queen-post

  3. Rafter(verb)

    to make into rafters, as timber

  4. Rafter(verb)

    to furnish with rafters, as a house

  5. Rafter(verb)

    to plow so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unplowed ridge; to ridge

  6. Origin: [AS. rfter; akin to E. raft, n. See Raft.]


  1. Rafter

    A rafter is one of a series of sloped structural members that extend from the ridge or hip to the wall plate, downslope perimeter or eave, and that are designed to support the roof deck and its associated loads.


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