• Steel Square with Rafter Table
    Steel Square with Rafter Table
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rafter provide (a ceiling) with rafters
    • n rafter one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
    • n rafter someone who travels by raft
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rafter rȧft"ẽr A raftsman.
    • n Rafter (Arch) Originally, any rough and somewhat heavy piece of timber. Now, commonly, one of the timbers of a roof which are put on sloping, according to the inclination of the roof. See Illust. of Queen-post. "Courtesy] oft is sooner found in lowly sheds,
      With smoky rafters , than in tapestry halls."
    • Rafter To furnish with rafters, as a house.
    • Rafter To make into rafters, as timber.
    • Rafter (Agric) To plow so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unplowed ridge; to ridge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rafter In building, one of the beams which give the slope of a roof, and to which is secured the lath or other framework upon which the slate or other outer covering is nailed. The rafters extend from the eaves to the ridge of the roof, abutting at their upper ends on corresponding rafters rising from the opposite side of the roof, or resting against a crown-plate or ridge-plate as the case may be. For the different kinds of rafters in a structure, see roof, and cuts under curb-roof, jack-rafter, and pontoon.
    • n rafter Same as carline, 2.
    • n rafter In anatomy, a trabecule or trabeculum: as, the rafters of the embryonic skull.
    • rafter To form into or like rafters: as, to rafter timber.
    • rafter To furnish or build with rafters: as, to rafter a house.
    • rafter In agriculture, to plow, as a piece of land, by turning the grass side of the plowed furrow on a strip of ground left unplowed.
    • n rafter One who is employed in rafting timber, or transporting it in rafts, as from a ship to the shore.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rafter raft′ėr an inclined beam supporting the roof of a house
    • v.t Rafter to furnish with rafters
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Should not every apartment in which man dwells be lofty enough to create some obscurity overhead, where flickering shadows may play at evening about the rafters?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ræfter,; akin to E. raft, n. See Raft


In literature:

Then he did the rafters and the ceiling.
"Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance" by Frances Cavanah
I will put it all in the hands of Rafters, of Chippenham.
"The Queen's Cup" by G. A. Henty
Beyond the door lay a raftered garret half filled with cast-off house lumber and lighted and aired by two high roof windows.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
It was a huge, bare hall, although the walls were concealed by flags, while other draperies were festooned along the rafters.
"Molly McDonald" by Randall Parrish
There were nearly a hundred pigeons roosting overhead on the rafters and beams.
"Stories from Hans Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Under the rafters, covered with rubbish, was found a trap-door, quite large enough to admit a man.
"The Best Ghost Stories" by Various
Under the rafters, covered with rubbish, was found a trap-door, quite large enough to admit a man.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
Soon gray rings lifted themselves to the ceiling and faded into the rafters.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
The roof rafters were spaced 10 feet apart and between each two of these five men had to shake down their beds.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
The roof consists of 2x4 or 2x6 rafters, usually three feet apart, with 1x6 boards spaced about three feet apart as sheeting.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
The nest of June 28th was attached to a rafter of the front verandah of a bungalow at Lahore.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
Occasionally the rafters creaked from a blow, and a wave rushed up the roof.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
What kinde of rafters?
"Hypnerotomachia" by Francesco Colonna
On the shelves and rafters, on chairs and under bunks, were cans filled with gold.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
An old dried-up Christmas wreath hanging on a rafter attracted her attention.
"Suzanna Stirs the Fire" by Emily Calvin Blake
Above them were enormous beams or rafters, and below, a rough flooring.
"A Popular Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
The rafters overhead reach out as naked as in December.
"The Hills of Hingham" by Dallas Lore Sharp
These little sticks are found hidden beneath the rafters of nearly every house in Zuni.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
In the middle of the room there was scarce space to stand beneath the rafters.
"The Arena" by Various
He opened old boxes and rummaged about among the dark rafters.
"The Laughing Prince" by Parker Fillmore

In poetry:

I heard a poet say it,
The sojourner of a night;
His head was up to the rafter,
Where he stood in candles' light.
"The Poet" by Padraic Colum
Under the cottage rafters,
Silent and soft and deep,
On the swart low brow of the toiler,
Settles the dew of sleep.
"Christmas Hymn" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Glad from my very grave —
From rose-wrought roof and rafter
Falls merrily back our laughter;
I hear the echoes after
"Evensong" by E J Rupert Atkinson
The very doors unwillingly
Shut after you; "She comes,"
Floor, rafter, the dear walls, each thing,
At your sweet entrance hums.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
Earl Harold came to his castle wall;
The gate was burnt with fire;
Roof and rafter were fallen down,
The folk were strangers all in the town,
And strangers all in the shire.
"The Weird Lady" by Charles Kingsley
Terror floating near the rafters, terror
Against the walls in darkness hiding,
Terror through the silence sliding.
Didst thou not hear beneath the heap of wheels
A stirring of crushed limbs?
"In The City Of Slaughter (excerpt)" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik

In news:

Afterwards, the larger group of rafters went on ahead.
8 to the rafters right now if it convinced him to stay.
It took 14 years to happen, but the sweaty, sold-out, packed-to-the-rafters crowd at the Refused concert Wednesday night would tell you it was worth the wait.
IngenuityFest was packed to the rafters.
Banners from previous Edmonton Oilers championships and Stanley Cup victories hang from the rafters at the Rexall Place during an Oilers practice.
After being suspended from Australia's first round Davis Cup tie by captain Patrick Rafter and Tennis Australia, Bernard Tomic tells AFP that wasn't planning on playing in the competition to begin with.
I believe they're the only two numbers hanging in the rafters.
Dan Krogman "shotguns" a beer at the Rafters Gone Wild day on July 14.
Dangerous, high-water conditions in many popular rivers and streams of the Northern Rockies are prompting scores of anglers and rafters to cancel outings to a region where summer recreation drives the economy.
Adding Timber Rafter Tails To a Stick-Framed Roof.
Some are packed to the rafters with thousands of fans.
ARLINGTON — George Fredric Handel 's "Messiah" will soon fill the rafters of the Linda M Byrnes Performing Arts Center in Arlington.
But when a child's snoozing is disturbed by adult-sounding problems like sleep apnea – you may hear rafter-rattling snores, snorts or even notice pauses in his or her breathing – the health consequences can be serious.
Confetti flew from the rafters, Jazz players mobbed one another on the court and fans celebrated in the seats.
State Sets Sights on the Rafters.

In science:

This is much like the way the structural stability of a roof is determined by the rigidity of its rafters.
Elasticity of Stiff Biopolymers