• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Jack-rafter a rafter, shorter than the rest, used in hip-roofs
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. Jacques, the most common name in France, hence used as a substitute for John, the most common name in England; but it is really=James or Jacob—L. Jacobus.


In literature:

Wasser put down his hand, and Jack catching it, Wasser, with a strong tug, enabled him to grasp some of the rafters.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
In flower-like or hideous forms as jack-o'-lanterns they hold posts of honor on rafter and beam.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke