Definition of ridge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪdʒ//
    Mountains and valleys
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  1. 1a narrow area of high land along the top of a line of hills; a high pointed area near the top of a mountain walking along the ridge the north-east ridge of the Matterhorn We stood on the windswept ridge and looked down at the valley below. Wordfinderaltitude, foothill, mountain, peak, precipice, ridge, slope, summit, valley, volcano See related entries: Mountains and valleys
  2. 2a raised line on the surface of something; the point where two sloping surfaces join The ridges on the soles of my boots stopped me from slipping. the ridge of the roof
  3. 3[usually singular] ridge (of high pressure) (specialist) a long narrow area of high pressure in the atmosphere a ridge of high pressure over the Atlantic compare trough
  4. Word OriginOld English hrycg ‘spine, crest’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rug and German Rücken ‘back’.
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