Part of speech: noun

A timber supporting a roof.

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Usage examples "rafter":

  1. I am writing this in an old Flemish farmhouse, and the room I'm sitting in has a carved rafter ceiling, red brick floor and nasty purple cabbage wallpaper. - "“Crumps”, The Plain Story of a Canadian Who Went", Louis Keene.
  2. Not so much they yearned for the man as for the roof- tree, whose roots are twined about the heart- strings of the natural woman, the spreading rafter- branches of which shelter little downy heads. - "The Dop Doctor", Clotilde Inez Mary Graves.
  3. The day after you left they found the senior sacristan dead, hanging from a rafter in his own house. - "The Social Cancer A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere", José Rizal.