see also: Roof
  • IPA: /ɹuːf/, /ɹʊf/

roof (plural roofs)

  1. The external covering at the top of a building.
    • 1931, Robert L. May, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Montgomery Ward (publisher), draft:
      The very first sound that you’ll hear on the roof
      (Provided there’s fog) will be Rudolph’s small hoof.
    • 1984, Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three, "The Roof Is on Fire":
      The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!
      We don't need no water: Let the motherfucker burn!
      Burn, motherfucker, burn!
    The roof was blown off by the tornado.
  2. The top external level of a building.
    • 1962, Gerry Goffin & al., "Up on the Roof":
      When this old world starts getting me down
      And people are just too much for me to face,
      I climb way up to the top of the stairs
      And all my cares just drift right into space
      On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
      And there, the world below can't bother me...
    Let's go up to the roof.
  3. The upper part of a cavity.
    The palate is the roof of the mouth.
  4. (mining) The surface or bed of rock immediately overlying a bed of coal or a flat vein.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

roof (roofs, present participle roofing; past and past participle roofed)

  1. (transitive) To cover or furnish with a roof.
  2. To traverse buildings by walking or climbing across their roofs.
  3. (transitive, slang) To put into prison, to bird.
  4. (transitive) To shelter as if under a roof.
    • They reached him: the pieces of rock had roofed him over—he was without injury or scratch.
    • It built him softly round, it roofed him warmly over, it rested, all so firm, on selection.
Proper noun
  1. (astronomy) A Chinese constellation located near Aquarius and Pegasus, one of the 28 lunar mansions and part of the larger Black Turtle.

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