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Meaning of RAFTER

Pronunciation:  'raftur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
  2. [n]  someone who travels by raft
  3. [v]  provide with rafters, as of ceilings

RAFTER is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: balk, baulk, raftman, raftsman
 See Also: beam, furnish, provide, render, supply, traveler, traveller



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Raft"er\, n.
    A raftsman.
  2. \Raft"er\, n. [AS. r[ae]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.
  3. \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.]