A horizontal beam at the ridge of a roof to which the rafters are attached. Also called ridgeboard. (noun)
The horizontal pole at the top of a tent. (noun)
American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Use "ridgepole" in a sentence
"From there he gained the roof of a chicken-house, passed over the ridgepole and dropped to the ground inside."
"I have a wife for you — nay, two wives, for your days are short and I shall surely live to see you hang with my fathers from the canoe-house ridgepole."
"None of the traditional carved totems rose from the ridgepole."