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English Dictionary: rafter by the DICT Development Group
4 results for rafter
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
    Synonym(s): rafter, balk, baulk
  2. someone who travels by raft
    Synonym(s): raftsman, raftman, rafter
  1. provide (a ceiling) with rafters
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rafter \Raft"er\, n.
      A raftsman.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rafter \Raft"er\, n. [AS. r[91]fter; akin to E. raft, n. See
      {Raft}.] (Arch.)
      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}.
               [Courtesy] oft is sooner found in lowly sheds, With
               smoky rafters, than in tapestry halls.   --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rafter \Raft"er\, v. t.
      1. To make into rafters, as timber.
      2. To furnish with rafters, as a house.
      3. (Agric.) To plow so as to turn the grass side of each
            furrow upon an unplowed ridge; to ridge. [Eng.]
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