ridgepole

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From ridge +‎ pole.

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ridgepole (plural ridgepoles)

  1. A beam along the ridge of a roof to which the rafters are attached. [from 17th c.]
    • 1952, Doris Lessing, Martha Quest, Panther 1974, p. 21:
      In the middle of the floor was a pole of tough thornwood, to hold the end of the ridgepole.
  2. A horizontal pole that supports the roof of a ridge tent [from 18th c.]

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