Raft"er (?), n.

A raftsman.

 

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Raft"er, n. [AS. raefter; akin to E. raft, n. See Raft.] 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. Milton.

 

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Raft"er, v. t.

1.

To make into rafters, as timber.

2.

To furnish with rafters, as a house.

3. Agric.

To plow so as to turn the grass side of each furrow upon an unplowed ridge; to ridge.

[Eng.]

 

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