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 for rafter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rafter \Raft"er\, v. t.
     1. To make into rafters, as timber.
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     2. To furnish with rafters, as a house.
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     3. (Agric.) To plow so as to turn the grass side of each
        furrow upon an unplowed ridge; to ridge. [Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rafter \Raft"er\ (r[.a]ft"[~e]r), n.
     A raftsman.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rafter \Raft"er\, n. [AS. r[ae]fter; akin to E. raft, n. See
     Raft.] (Arch.)
     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.
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           [Courtesy] oft is sooner found in lowly sheds,
           With smoky rafters, than in tapestry halls. --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rafter
      n 1: one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
           [syn: rafter, balk, baulk]
      2: someone who travels by raft [syn: raftsman, raftman,
         rafter]
      v 1: provide (a ceiling) with rafters

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "rafter":
     H beam, I beam, angle rafter, balk, batten, boom, box girder,
     breastsummer, corbel, crossbeam, crosstie, footing beam, girder,
     hammer beam, hip rafter, joist, lattice girder, lintel,
     plate girder, ridge strut, ridgepole, sill, sleeper, sprit,
     stringpiece, strut, stud, studding, summer, summertree, tie,
     tie beam, transom, transverse, trave, traverse, truss,
     truss beam
  
  

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