• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Roof-tree the beam at the peak of a roof: the roof
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hróf; Dut. roef.


In literature:

For a roof, logs and branches of trees were placed across the side walls and then plastered together with mud.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
From the bridge, with a long glass, I could see above the tree tops the roof of the colonel's old quarters.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Amid the trees the tastily painted, red-roofed cottages were to be seen.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
I did but train the vine which had blocked the door, and cut down for the wood of the roof the young trees that had grown here.
"The Priest's Tale - Père Etienne" by Robert Keable
Near at hand, a few quaint old tile-roofed houses rose above the trees.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866" by Various
The high, gray walls of the house disappeared behind a rush of trees; the conical turret roofs of slate sank quickly away.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
His African simplicity made him believe that the "red cock" on my roof-tree would expel me from the river.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
Four forked trunks of trees upheld the sky roof.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
He passed a library that had been built around a huge tree, the branches of which had intertwined their foliage into a living roof.
"The Servant Problem" by Robert F. Young
The soot hung in long strings from his roof-tree.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
Numerous huts were seen under these trees, which in the daytime had the appearance of roofs without walls.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The mere weight of the tree would not have carried it through the roof.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Suddenly great claws tear away his roof-tree.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, June 17, 1914" by Various
Trees and things like that couldn't grow on the roof of the ocean.
"Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends" by Roy J. Snell
The wind sobbed over the cabin roof, the trees complained, the snow beat against the window pane.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The wind, the night before, had blown down twenty apple trees into the farmyard, overturned the boilery, and carried away the roof of the barn.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
Its roof was upheld by huge tree-trunks standing from ten to twenty feet apart, and occasionally in groups of three or four together.
"The Copper Princess" by Kirk Munroe
He bade farewell to his paternal roof in the Tree of the Sun, and departed on foot through the pleasant scenery of home.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
He was often on the sloping roof with the cat, or on the tops of high trees.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
We are in a wide square, roofed by the long branches of the giant tree.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser

In poetry:

The sky is up above the roof
So blue, so soft!
A tree there, up above the roof,
Swayeth aloft.
"After Paul Verlaine-IV" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
O home so desolate and lorn!
Did all thy memories die with thee?
Were any wed, were any born,
Beneath this low roof-tree?
"The Homestead" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Doubt not, my Northmen;
Fate loves the fearless;
Fools, when their roof-tree
Falls, think it doomsday;
Firm stands the sky.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
Men make them fires on the hearth
Each under his roof-tree,
And the Four Winds that rule the earth
They blow the smoke to me.
"The Fires" by Rudyard Kipling
Beneath yon fir trees in the west,
The sunset round it glowing,
A cottage lies like bird on nest,
With thatch roof hardly showing.
"The House In The Heath" by Annette Von Droste-Hulshoff
And I us'd to pace with a stealthy tread
By a certain house which is under a hill;
A cottage stands near, wall'd white, roof'd red—
Tall trees grow thick—I can see it still!
"In a Minor Key" by Amy Levy

In news:

NEW YORK — Squatting on the roof of a row house with a panoramic view of the sewage plants and warehouses that surround the South Bronx, James Wells sounds like a tree-hugger.
Superstorm Sandy toppled a soaring willow oak tree Monday night onto a two-story stucco house in northwest DC, punching four holes in the roof.
It was a classic setting for international intrigue, a tile-roofed villa secluded among fog-swirled trees, ivy clinging to building wings clustered around a stunted steeple-like tower.
Conditions at Montrose Co. GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A massive branch from a cottonwood tree crashes through the roof of a home.
Investigators say he stood on another inmate's shoulders, removed a piece of metal mesh from the roof covering, and jumped into the nearby tree.
Tree Removal, Stump Grinding, Pruning, Firewood, Roof Line Cleaning.
Illuminated Christmas trees decorate building roofs in downtown on Dec 14, 2010.
German video shows a test tree zooming off of the roof of a car after the driver applies the brakes.
Toppled trees, damaged roofs the worst problems.
If a tree crushed your car or fell on your home, or if your roof or siding blew off, fixing the damage obviously will be a priority.
Firefighters work to patch holes in the roof at 348 Herman St after branches from a neighbors tree fell on the roof.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This tree was uprooted from the high winds of Irene and it fell on the roof of Lila Mae and Alton Kleintop's home in Gilbert.
If you have access to small diameter trees and wood pallets , and live in an area not restricted by building codes, then this truss design is one good low cost roof option.
Resort-Bear Creek Fire Department and Allied EMS personnel remove the roof of a Lexus SUV which struck a tree along Cemetery Road behind the Bear Creek Plaza shopping center Tuesday, in preparation to free the female driver.
Ducks on the roof of a house, a groundhog in a tree.

In science:

Four classes of pattern-avoiding permutations under one roof: generating trees with two labels.
Finitely labeled generating trees and restricted permutations
Bousquet-M´elou, Four classes of pattern-avoiding permutations under one roof: generating trees with two labels, Electron. J.
Generating trees for permutations avoiding generalized patterns
Four Classes of Pattern-Avoiding Permutations Under One Roof: Generating Trees with Two Labels.
The cycle structure of compositions of random involutions
Bousquet-M´elou, Four classes of pattern-avoiding permutations under one roof: generating trees with two labels, Electron. J.
Enumeration of bilaterally symmetric 3-noncrossing partitions