One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘Later sages established the standards [of housing] with ridge poles and rafters above and foundations below to provide shelter from wind and rain.’
- ‘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!’
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