- any of a series of timbers or the like, usually having a pronounced slope, for supporting the sheathing and covering of a roof.
verb (used with object)
- British Dialect. to plow (a field) so that the soil of a furrow is pushed over onto an unplowed adjacent strip.
- a person who engages in the sport or pastime of rafting.
- a person who travels on a raft, especially to flee a country.
- a flock, especially of turkeys.
- any one of a set of sloping beams that form the framework of a roof
“sloping timber of a roof,” Old English ræftras (West Saxon), reftras (Mercian), both plural, related to Old Norse raptr “log,” from Proto-Germanic *raf-tra-, from PIE *rap-tro-, from root *rep- “stake, beam.”