Pronunciation: (rij'pōl"), [key]
the horizontal timber or member at the top of a roof, to which the upper ends of the rafters are fastened. Also,ridge' pole".Also called ridge•piece Pronunciation: (rij'pēs"), [key] ridge' board". See diag. under queen post.
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