What does the word rafter mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • A timber supporting a roof.

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by José Rizal