• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rafter-bird the spotted fly-catcher
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ræfter, a beam; Ice. raptr (raftr), a beam; Dan. raft, a pole.


In literature:

Rude little birds have built their nests in the beautiful fretted rafters, and flutter in and out as busy as brokers.
"Castilian Days" by John Hay
Small birds pass the winter nights in evergreens, thick-growing vines, under the eaves of verandas, or {86} on the rafters of bridges.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
A second large bird-cage hung from a rafter in the middle of the ceiling.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Prom the swallows' nests up among the dark rafters sounded the chirping of the young birds, very sweet in the warm damp air.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various

In poetry:

Can't you lift one word--
With some pang of laughter--
Louder than the drowsy bird
Crooning 'neath the rafter?
Just one bitter word, to shriek
Madly at me as I speak!
"A Variation" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

PARIS — Under the rafters, through small windows, the jewelry workers have a bird's-eye view of the Place Vendôme, that noble Parisian square with Napoleon on his thin plinth in the center.