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Rafter and Purlin Definitions

Rafter

One who travels by raft.

Purlin

One of several horizontal timbers supporting the rafters of a roof.

Rafter

One of the sloping beams that supports a pitched roof.

Purlin

A longitudinal structural member bridging two or more rafters of a roof.

Rafter

A group or flock, especially of wild turkeys.
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Purlin

In root construction, a horizontal member supported on the principals and supporting the common rafters.

Rafter

(architecture) One of a series of sloped beams that extend from the ridge or hip to the downslope perimeter or eave, designed to support the roof deck and its associated loads.

Rafter

(collective) A flock of turkeys.

Rafter

A raftsman.

Rafter

(transitive) To make (timber, etc.) into rafters.
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Rafter

(transitive) To furnish (a building) with rafters.

Rafter

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

Rafter

A raftsman.

Rafter

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.

Rafter

To make into rafters, as timber.

Rafter

To furnish with rafters, as a house.

Rafter

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

Rafter

One of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

Rafter

Someone who travels by raft

Rafter

Provide (a ceiling) with rafters

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