Main definitions of rafter in US English:

: rafter1rafter2

rafter1

noun

  • One of several internal beams extending from the eaves to the peak of a roof and constituting its framework.

    ‘the rafters above his bed’
    ‘a vaulted hall with exposed rafters’
    • ‘White skylight wells - set above exposed rafters - bounce and diffuse sunlight into the room below, reinforcing the open, airy feeling.’
    • ‘We used the hints of Monterey style shown in the exposed rafters, porch posts, and white stucco walls as cues for our design.’
    • ‘Instead of using large rafters to support the roof, a building tradition that is hundreds if not thousands of years old, home builders began to use roof trusses.’
    • ‘In normal roof construction and roofing, plywood or waferboard sheathing panels are installed over the rafters and meet snugly at the peak of the roof.’
    • ‘I sighed as I looked up into the rafters of the roof.’
    • ‘I know that when you are framing a gable roof, you can use collar ties in lieu of attaching ceiling joists to the bottom of the rafters.’
    • ‘As the rafters supporting the floor above were near this beam, which had to be removed, that portion of the second floor had to be propped by the firemen.’
    • ‘Staple the foil to the bottom or side of the rafters, draping it from rafter to rafter.’
    • ‘She followed the cat into the barn, where the light was dim and the cool air smelled of hay and things wild hanging from rafters and hiding in corners.’
    • ‘You need to be sure these new boards attached to the rafters all come out to exactly the same level, because you need to attach your finishing material to an even surface.’
    • ‘A few small oil lamps were hung from rafters in strategic spots, casting lonesome pools of illumination to steal the gloom from the darkest corners.’
    • ‘Crystalline chandeliers hung from high rafters and soft music could be heard from somewhere down a long carpeted hallway.’
    • ‘Two days later, they finished the rafters, and in another two days they had a roof again.’
    • ‘As the rat scurries along the rafters and through the thatched roofs of 14th Century England the infected fleas would drop down off their backs onto the humans below.’
    • ‘The strands were tucked between the rafters of the roof inside the hut.’
    • ‘The taller one spoke next, breaking the silence with his voice echoing throughout the metallic rafters high above them.’
    • ‘To make the room feel airy they raised the ceiling to a 12-foot peak and exposed the rafters, then painted the walls and trim white.’
    • ‘This one looked like a room in an ancient fortress; the floor and walls were large blocks of stone, with crude heavy rafters above.’
    • ‘Secure the rafters with two nails driven through each side of the rafters and into each of the double beams.’
    • ‘Nail up a set of reference strings on the rafters that protrude the most into the attic.’
    joist, purlin, girder, spar, support, strut, stay, brace, scantling, batten, transom, lintel, stringer, baulk, board, timber, plank, lath
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Origin

Old English ræfter, of Germanic origin; related to raft.

Pronunciation

rafter

/ˈraftər//ˈræftər/

Main definitions of rafter in US English:

: rafter1rafter2

rafter2

noun

  • A person who travels on a raft.

    • ‘The other rafters and kayakers came back in the afternoon and they all reported that they had had a fabulous time at their respective water sports.’
    • ‘After some time, the first rafters of the day reached the finish of the course, pulled the raft up the bank and announced that it had been great and even better than they'd expected.’
    • ‘Most of it is the same Colorado River water that rafters bounce on and environmentalists hope to undam upstream.’
    • ‘Part of the reason the Coast Guard couldn't find the rafter is its crews' information-gathering tools are still binoculars, a map and radar.’
    • ‘The first judge on the case had a potential conflict of interest as he was also a leading figure in the state fishing association, which had long objected to rafters being on the river.’
    • ‘A guide demonstrated the procedures followed before rafters are allowed to proceed down the river.’
    • ‘As a kayaker and rafter, Angelo has descended many of the world's longest rivers such as the Nile, Yangtze, Amazon, and Mekong - and has paddled many of the biggest rapids on Earth.’
    • ‘Passengers on nearly every trip are treated to views of kayakers and rafters piloting the North Fork of the Payette, one of Idaho's best whitewater rivers.’
    • ‘The full horror of the disaster hit home when one of the rescued rafters - a attorney who had spent a whole night clinging to a rock in the river - broke down when he was told of the toll.’
    • ‘It was not exactly a risky position, my only danger was being mashed by fellow rafters as they banked right, or so I believed.’
    • ‘Those who want to meet with their fellow rafters in the evening to discuss the day's activities are invited to a barbecue.’
    • ‘Angela, a whitewater rafter, skydiver and the family's risk-taker was intrigued by the idea.’
    • ‘There's a lot of water pumping through the Fitzroy River at the moment and for a team of whitewater rafters that makes for exciting conditions.’
    • ‘Today, it is the outdoor activity capital of southern Utah, and mountains around it echo with whooping base jumpers, spluttering river rafters and the squeal of tortured mountain bikes.’
    • ‘It is not about the river as a recreation area for kayakers and rafters.’
    • ‘Riding those rapids over the past two weeks has been a team of professional white water rafters & river guides.’
    • ‘He is an experienced whitewater rafter and one of the best big water oar boaters in the world.’
    • ‘He said the number of canoeists and rafters had risen so much it was driving fish and anglers away and ruining his business.’
    • ‘We need an access point to the river for drift-boaters, for canoers, for rafters.’
    • ‘I suppose many of the actors had to be expert white-water rafters as well, but the fact remains - the film would be better if they didn't speak.’

Pronunciation

rafter

/ˈraftər//ˈræftər/