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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ROOF

Finished the hut, pugging it at the ends, and making the roof better.

Never, while she lived, would she dwell beneath John Lambert's roof again.

It was a great room, but the roof came down to the floor nearly all round.

Going higher yet, till she all but reached the roof, the stair brought her to a door.

It might be an evil start to come to his door so late and claim the shelter of his roof.

But in the height of summer the heat is torrid on the Roof of France.

Only these four had kept New England's festival beneath that roof.

The kivas opened downward from a hole in the roof in memory of Shipapu.

They had arranged a bed for Rico up in the room under the roof.

The roof of the great porch of the kitchen-door was covered with zinc.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hrof "roof, ceiling, top, summit; heaven, sky," also figuratively, "highest point of something," from Proto-Germanic *khrofam (cf. Old Frisian rhoof "roof," Middle Dutch roof, rouf "cover, roof," Dutch roef "deckhouse, cabin, coffin-lid," Middle High German rof "penthouse," Old Norse hrof "boat shed").

No apparent connections outside Germanic. "English alone has retained the word in a general sense, for which the other languages use forms corresponding to OE. þæc thatch" [OED]. Roof of the mouth is from late Old English. Raise the roof "create an uproar" is attested from 1860, originally in U.S. Southern dialect.

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