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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English ræfter, of Germanic origin, related to the origin of raft.


rafter (plural rafters)

  1. (architecture) 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. (collective) A flock of turkeys.
Derived terms[edit]


rafter (third-person singular simple present rafters, present participle raftering, simple past and past participle raftered)

  1. (transitive) To make (timber, etc.) into rafters.
  2. (transitive) To furnish (a building) with rafters.
  3. (UK, agriculture) To plough so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unploughed ridge; to ridge.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “rafter”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)

Etymology 2[edit]

raft +‎ -er


rafter (plural rafters)

  1. A raftsman.