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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ridgenoun

    a long narrow natural elevation or striation

  2. ridgenoun

    any long raised strip

  3. ridgenoun

    a long narrow natural elevation on the floor of the ocean

  4. ridge, ridgelinenoun

    a long narrow range of hills

  5. ridgenoun

    any long raised border or margin of a bone or tooth or membrane

  6. ridge, ridgepole, rooftreeverb

    a beam laid along the edge where two sloping sides of a roof meet at the top; provides an attachment for the upper ends of rafters

  7. ridgeverb

    extend in ridges

    "The land ridges towards the South"

  8. ridgeverb

    plough alternate strips by throwing the furrow onto an unploughed strip

  9. ridgeverb

    throw soil toward (a crop row) from both sides

    "He ridged his corn"

  10. ridgeverb

    spade into alternate ridges and troughs

    "ridge the soil"

  11. ridgeverb

    form into a ridge


  1. ridgenoun

    The back of any animal; especially the upper or projecting part of the back of a quadruped.

  2. ridgenoun

    Any extended protuberance; a projecting line or strip.

  3. ridgenoun

    The line along which two sloping surfaces meet which diverge towards the ground.

  4. ridgenoun

    Highest point on a roof, represented by a horizontal line where two roof areas intersect, running the length of the area.

  5. ridgenoun

    A chain of mountains.

  6. ridgenoun

    A chain of hills.

  7. ridgenoun

    A long narrow elevation on an ocean bottom.

  8. ridgenoun

    A type of warm air that comes down on to land from mountains.

  9. ridgeverb

    To form into a ridge

  10. ridgeverb

    To extend in ridges

  11. Ridgenoun

    after a natural landscape feature.

  12. Ridgenoun

    transferred from the surname.

  13. Etymology: From rigge, rygge, (also rig, ryg, rug), from hrycg, from hrugjaz, from (s)kreuk-. Cognate with rig, reg, rêch, rug, Rücken, rygg, hryggur.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RIDGEnoun

    Etymology: hrigg , Saxon; rig, Danish; rugge, Dutch, the back.

    He thought it was no time to stay;
    But in a trice advanc’d the knight
    Upon the bare ridge bolt upright. Hudibras.

    As when a vulture on Imaus bred,
    Whose snowy ridge the roving Tartar bounds,
    Dislodges from a region scarce of prey. John Milton.

    His sons
    Shall dwell to Seir, on that long ridge of hills! John Milton.

    The highest ridges of those mountains serve for the maintenance of cattle for the inhabitants of the vallies. John Ray.

    Part rise in crystal wall, or ridge direct,
    For haste. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vii.

    About her coasts unruly waters roar,
    And, rising on a ridge, insult the shore. Dryden.

    Thou visitest the earth; thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly; thou settlest the furrows thereof. Psalm lxv. 10.

    The body is smooth on that end, and on this ’tis set with ridges round the point. John Woodward.

    Wheat must be sowed above furrow fourteen days before Michaelmas, and laid up in round high warm ridges. John Mortimer.

    Land for grass lay down when you sow wheat or rye; but then your corn should be sowed on broad ridges. John Mortimer.

    Ridge tiles or roof tiles, being in length thirteen inches, and made circular breadthways like an half cylinder, whose diameter is about ten inches or more, and about half an inch and half a quarter in thickness, are laid upon the upper part or ridge of the roof, and also on the hips. Joseph Moxon.

  2. To Ridgeverb

    To form a ridge.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Thou from heav’n
    Feign’dst at thy birth was given thee in thy hair,
    Where strength can least abide, though all thy hairs
    Were bristles rang’d like those that ridge the back
    Of chas’d wild boars, or ruffl’d porcupines. John Milton.


  1. Ridge

    A ridge or a mountain ridge is a geographical feature consisting of a chain of mountains or hills that form a continuous elevated crest for an extended distance. The sides of the ridge slope away from the narrow top on either side. The lines along the crest formed by the highest points, with the terrain dropping down on either side, are called the ridgelines. Ridges are usually termed hills or mountains as well, depending on size.


  1. ridge

    A ridge is a long, narrow elevated land formation often formed by years of geological activity such as volcanic actions or continental plate collisions. In a broader context, a ridge could also refer to a high-point or peak formed by other elements, such as a ridge on a roof or a protruding edge or raised strip on any surface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ridgenoun

    the back, or top of the back; a crest

  2. Ridgenoun

    a range of hills or mountains, or the upper part of such a range; any extended elevation between valleys

  3. Ridgenoun

    a raised line or strip, as of ground thrown up by a plow or left between furrows or ditches, or as on the surface of metal, cloth, or bone, etc

  4. Ridgenoun

    the intersection of two surface forming a salient angle, especially the angle at the top between the opposite slopes or sides of a roof or a vault

  5. Ridgenoun

    the highest portion of the glacis proceeding from the salient angle of the covered way

  6. Ridgeverb

    to form a ridge of; to furnish with a ridge or ridges; to make into a ridge or ridges

  7. Ridgeverb

    to form into ridges with the plow, as land

  8. Ridgeverb

    to wrinkle

  9. Etymology: [OE. rigge the back, AS. hrycg; akin to D. rug, G. rcken, OHG. rucki, hrukki, Icel. hryggr, Sw. rugg, Dan. ryg. 16.]


  1. Ridge

    A ridge is a geological feature consisting of a chain of mountains or hills that form a continuous elevated crest for some distance. Ridges are usually termed hills or mountains as well, depending on size. There are several main types of ridges: ⁕Dendritic ridge: In typical dissected plateau terrain, the stream drainage valleys will leave intervening ridges. These are by far the most common ridges. These ridges usually represent slightly more erosion resistant rock, but not always – they often remain because there were more joints where the valleys formed, or other chance occurrences. This type of ridge is generally somewhat random in orientation, often changing direction frequently, often with knobs at intervals on the ridge top. ⁕Stratigraphic ridge: In places such as the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians, long, even, straight ridges are formed because they are the uneroded remaining edges of the more resistant strata that were folded laterally. Similar ridges have formed in places such as the Black Hills, where the ridges form concentric circles around the igneous core. Sometimes these ridges are called "hogback ridges". ⁕Oceanic spreading ridge: In tectonic spreading zones around the world, such as at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the volcanic activity forming new plate boundary forms volcanic ridges at the spreading zone. Isostatic settling and erosion gradually reduce the elevations moving away from the zone.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ridge

    rij, n. the back, or top of the back: anything like a back, as a long range of hills: an extended protuberance: a crest: the earth thrown up by the plough between the furrows, a breadth of ground running the whole length of the field, divided from those on either side by broad open furrows, helping to guide the sowers and reapers and effecting drainage in wet soils: the upper horizontal timber of a roof: the highest portion of a glacis.—v.t. to form into ridges: to wrinkle.—ns. Ridge′-band, that part of the harness of a cart which goes over the saddle; Ridge′-bone, the spine.—adj. Ridged, having ridges on a surface: ridgy.—ns. Ridge′-fill′et, a fillet between two flutes of a column; Ridge′-harr′ow, a harrow made to lap upon the sides of a ridge over which it passes; Ridge′-plough, a plough with a double mould-board; Ridge′-pole, the timber forming the ridge of a roof; Ridge′-rope, the central rope of an awning.—adj. Ridg′y, having ridges. [A.S. hrycg; Ice. hryggr, Ger. rücken, back.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ridge

    Hydrographically means a long narrow stretch of shingle or rocks, near the surface of the sea, (See REEF and SHALLOWS.) Geographically, the intersection of two opposite slopes, or a range of hills, or the highest line of mountains.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ridge

    In fortification, is the highest part of the glacis proceeding from the salient angle of the covered way.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RIDGE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ridge is ranked #4936 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ridge surname appeared 7,133 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Ridge.

    86.2% or 6,153 total occurrences were White.
    7% or 500 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 203 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 169 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 74 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 34 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ridge' in Nouns Frequency: #2110

Anagrams for ridge »

  1. dirge

  2. gride

  3. redig

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ridge in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ridge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of ridge in a Sentence

  1. National Park Service:

    The terrain below where Bunker went missing is near the location of the Liberty Ridge tragedy that claimed the lives of six climbers in 2014. It is very steep, terminates in cliffs, and is known for frequent avalanches and active rockfall, this, combined with the broken surface of the Carbon Glacier, will prevent the deployment of ground teams in this search.

  2. The NHC:

    One complicating factor is that several of the models show a ridge building over the northwestern Atlantic Canada and Atlantic Canada, which could cause the storm to stay on a more northward track closer to New England than currently forecast.

  3. Top Thapa:

    We saw houses falling, collapsing along the ridge.

  4. Brad Pitt:

    I think he’s smarter than I am. He’s not going to step in the same potholes, the industry has changed. It’s like the kind of film has changed. If you want to make substantial stories and things that are profound and mean something you kind of have to delve into the independent realm... He called Hacksaw Ridge a big independent film, noting that the film is not even that huge a budget or anything. Andrew Garfield plays Desmond T. Doss, a United States Army corporal and combat medic during WWII who won a Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms. Mel Gibson said bold men like Doss exist in the world today. MORE : Mel Gibson to be honored.

  5. Phil Bell:

    Lightning Ridge is the only place in the world where you find opalized dinosaurs.

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