Definition of ridgepole in English:

ridgepole

noun

  • 1The horizontal pole of a long tent.

    • ‘The ridge pole (this fieldhouse has two - only one shown) and side diagonal braces are attached by duct tape - perfect for this temporary construction.’
    • ‘Both of these are big enough for quartering an elk or lopping off a ridge pole for your tent, yet they're sufficiently thin to do a good job of slicing bacon for the breakfast skillet.’
  • 2A horizontal beam along the ridge of a roof, into which the rafters are fastened.

    • ‘Next, Moore says, place the middle of the roll on the ridge pole, the purlin or brace that runs down the peak.’
    • ‘The rafters have crumbled, the ridge pole is smashed!’
    • ‘Later sages established the standards [of housing] with ridge poles and rafters above and foundations below to provide shelter from wind and rain.’

Pronunciation

ridgepole

/ˈrijpōl//ˈrɪdʒpoʊl/