One of the sloping beams that supports a pitched roof.(noun)
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Use "rafter" in a sentence
"Love the end of the pool .... very cool! kast on 03 Feb 2009 at 5: 58 pm # the steel beams and rafter is nice. its give an attractive visual point for me."
"There are no walls up here, just chunky rafters and a roof overhead (one rafter is inscribed with "2007," the year the truss system was built)."
"A huge man in rafter's dress, with a long pole, suddenly came from behind a tree."