ridge

A ridge is a long, narrow, elevated strip of land or any raised strip or band. A ridge is a line that rises above what it is attached to.

Think of a ridge as a combination between rim and edge. From the Old English hrycg, meaning “back of the man or beast” or “the top or crest” of something (combined, the senses mean “backbone”), ridge is often used for the beam that joins the parts of a sloping roof. Ridge also refers to the line formed by hills or mountains, as in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is made up of mountains that lie underneath the Atlantic Ocean.

Definitions of ridge
  1. noun
    a long narrow natural elevation or striation
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    Bikini
    an atoll in the Marshall Islands; formerly used by the United States as a site for testing nuclear weapons
    Eniwetok
    an atoll in the Marshall Islands; site of an amphibious assault in World War II; later used temporarily by the United States to test atomic bombs
    Kwajalein
    an atoll in the western Marshall Islands that was used as a Japanese air and naval base during World War II
    Midway Islands
    an atoll in the Hawaiian Islands some 1300 miles to the northwest of Honolulu; site of an important United States naval base
    Great Barrier Reef
    the largest coral reef in the world; in the Coral Sea off the northeastern coast of Australia
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    bank
    a long ridge or pile
    bar
    a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore
    dune, sand dune
    a ridge of sand created by the wind; found in deserts or near lakes and oceans
    esker
    (geology) a long winding ridge of post glacial gravel and other sediment; deposited by meltwater from glaciers or ice sheets
    ledge, shelf
    a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water
    reef
    a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water
    ripple mark
    one of a series of small ridges produced in sand by water currents or by wind
    berm
    a narrow ledge or shelf typically at the top or bottom of a slope
    bluff
    a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)
    coral reef
    a reef consisting of coral consolidated into limestone
    sandbank
    a submerged bank of sand near a shore or in a river; can be exposed at low tide
    sand bar, sandbar
    a bar of sand
    seif dune
    a long and tall sand dune with a sharp crest; common in the Sahara
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    elevation, natural elevation
    a raised or elevated geological formation
  2. noun
    a long narrow natural elevation on the floor of the ocean
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    Mid-Atlantic Ridge
    a very long narrow elevation on the ocean floor that runs all the way from Iceland in the North Atlantic to Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic
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    formation, geological formation
    (geology) the geological features of the earth
  3. noun
    a long narrow range of hills
    synonyms: ridgeline
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    arete
    a sharp narrow ridge found in rugged mountains
    hogback, horseback
    a narrow ridge of hills
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    formation, geological formation
    (geology) the geological features of the earth
  4. noun
    any long raised strip
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    raphe, rhaphe
    a ridge that forms a seam between two parts
    corrugation
    a ridge on a corrugated surface
    palatine raphe
    the seam at the middle of the hard palate
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    convex shape, convexity
    a shape that curves or bulges outward
  5. noun
    any long raised border or margin of a bone or tooth or membrane
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    superciliary arch, superciliary ridge, supraorbital ridge, supraorbital torus
    a ridge on the frontal bone above the eye socket
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    appendage, outgrowth, process
    a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant
  6. noun
    a beam laid along the edge where two sloping sides of a roof meet at the top; provides an attachment for the upper ends of rafters
    synonyms: ridgepole, rooftree
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    beam
    long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
  7. verb
    form into a ridge
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    form, shape
    give shape or form to
  8. verb
    extend in ridges
    “The land ridges towards the South”
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    continue, cover, extend
    span an interval of distance, space or time
  9. verb
    throw soil toward (a crop row) from both sides
    “He ridged his corn”
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    throw
    propel through the air
  10. verb
    plough alternate strips by throwing the furrow onto an unploughed strip
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    plough, plow, turn
    to break and turn over earth especially with a plow
  11. verb
    spade into alternate ridges and troughs
    ridge the soil”
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    spade
    dig (up) with a spade
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