• (British) IPA: /ˈɹɑːftə(ɹ)/
  • (Canada, America) IPA: /ˈɹæftəɹ/

rafter (plural rafters)

  1. One of a series of sloped beams that extend from the ridge or hip to the downslope perimeter or eave, designed to support the roof deck and its associated loads.
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 1, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
      […] the pigeons fluttered up to the rafters,
  2. A flock of turkeys.
Translations Verb

rafter (rafters, present participle raftering; past and past participle raftered)

  1. (transitive) To make (timber, etc.) into rafters.
  2. (transitive) To furnish (a building) with rafters.
  3. (UK, agriculture) To plough so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unploughed ridge; to ridge.

rafter (plural rafters)

  1. A raftsman.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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