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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ridge
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
high
▪ Despite a decent map it had become obvious that we were approaching the high ridge of the mountains.
▪ The high ridge displaces ocean water.
▪ The cottage is set on the highest ridge of the Chiltern Hills and is surrounded by the most glorious countryside.
▪ You can see the trees up on the high ridges from their front porch.
long
▪ Cloud swirled up from the valleys, clearing spasmodically to reveal distant peaks, ice-cold lakes and the long ridge in front.
▪ From Lose Hill, after descending the long southeastern ridge, the walker has a choice.
▪ They were walking on to the long ridge they had been able to see from the cottage window.
▪ Starting early, I traverse the long ridge of hills that separates me from Isafjördur, arriving late in the afternoon.
▪ Turn left along this lane; a signpost points the way to Norber, a long limestone ridge forming the north-western skyline.
low
▪ The Trust owned nearly a hundred acres, most of it along a low wooded ridge.
▪ As the driver spoke they crested a low ridge.
▪ Narrow paved streets that are little more than alleys wind informally round a low ridge once densely packed with houses.
▪ Go left over a low ridge and downhill.
narrow
▪ Handfast Point was joined to the cliff by a narrow ridge at this time.
▪ They are linked by a narrow ridge which dips in the middle to a saddle.
■ NOUN
mountain
▪ I flew with her into the bush, to land on a tiny crushed-pumice airstrip laid along a mountain ridge.
▪ Steep, inclined tracks helped get it over the mountain ridges.
▪ The highest of the mountain ridges separated the headwaters of the Belpan and Makaa.
▪ For agonizing seconds the Boeing 757 tried to climb, almost clearing a mountain ridge.
▪ The trees and mountain ridges have a magnificent stark beauty.
▪ They know, for example, that plumes in the atmosphere form most commonly over mountain ridges.
summit
▪ On the summit ridges Racomitrium is often confined to the lee side of boulders.
walk
▪ Everyone will have their favourite ridge walk, and that's one of mine.
▪ Contact. 19 Three hour ridge walk in Nottinghamshire to Bramcote and Stapleford.
▪ Main pic: classic ridge walk links Bostg and Piz las Palas.
▪ The ridge walks are said to be second only to those of the Cuillin in Skye in terms of drama and scenery.
■ VERB
climb
▪ By this time we were climbing towards a ridge.
▪ They drove all night to climb the ridge.
▪ The moon becomes ever brighter as the sky darkens, and it climbs above the ridge.
▪ We climbed around on the ridge overlooking the canyon.
follow
▪ Here join path which follows ridge and turn left.
▪ Those Veins which follow the ridges are termed convex veins and those which follow the furrows concave veins.
form
▪ It formed a ridge called a terminal moraine.
▪ But beneath the oceans the layer of crust has only recently been formed by the mid-ocean ridge and then dusted with sediment.
▪ Beyond, the huge sea cliffs of the northern edge of Heimæy form a sharp ridge that offers an airy walk.
▪ Basalts are the rocks which are formed at mid-ocean ridges, and which make up the entire oceanic crust.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Cycles of freezing and thawing caused an ice ridge to build up.
▪ My fingers traced the ridges and folds of his hand.
▪ The sun disappeared behind the ridge.
▪ They came out onto a sand ridge that curved away toward the rocks.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A helicopter shot across the ridges overhead and disappeared into the adjoining canyon.
▪ Dove would not move his eyes off the ridge of white wash.
▪ From the ridge, the light seemed to cover all the slope below, drowsy and still.
▪ He lives in that house that Daddy designed, up on the ridge, on Jellison Road.
▪ Over to the right is rough dune land, a big area before you top a ridge of shingle.
▪ Rotting guavas and fruit flies that hover around them are also prevalent on the ridge route.
▪ Stephen looked down at the ridge of grass along the centre of the track where the cart wheels had not pressed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ridge

Ridge \Ridge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ridged; p. pr. & vb. n. Ridging.]

  1. To form a ridge of; to furnish with a ridge or ridges; to make into a ridge or ridges.

    Bristles ranged like those that ridge the back Of chafed wild boars.
    --Milton.

  2. To form into ridges with the plow, as land.

  3. To wrinkle. ``With a forehead ridged.''
    --Cowper.

Ridge

Ridge \Ridge\ (r[i^]j), n. [OE. rigge the back, AS. hrycg; akin to D. rug, G. r["U]cken, OHG. rucki, hrukki, Icel. hryggr, Sw. rugg, Dan. ryg. [root]16.]

  1. The back, or top of the back; a crest.
    --Hudibras.

  2. A range of hills or mountains, or the upper part of such a range; any extended elevation between valleys. ``The frozen ridges of the Alps.''
    --Shak.

    Part rise crystal wall, or ridge direct.
    --Milton.

  3. A raised line or strip, as of ground thrown up by a plow or left between furrows or ditches, or as on the surface of metal, cloth, or bone, etc.

  4. (Arch.) The intersection of two surface forming a salient angle, especially the angle at the top between the opposite slopes or sides of a roof or a vault.

  5. (Fort.) The highest portion of the glacis proceeding from the salient angle of the covered way.
    --Stocqueler.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
ridge

Old English hrycg "back of a man or beast," probably reinforced by Old Norse hryggr "back, ridge," from Proto-Germanic *khrugjaz (cognates: Old Frisian hregg, Old Saxon hruggi, Dutch rug, Old High German hrukki, German Rücken "the back"), of uncertain origin. Also in Old English, "the top or crest of anything," especially when long and narrow. The connecting notion is of the "ridge" of the backbone. Spelling with -dg- is from late 15c. Ridge-runner "Southern Appalachian person" first recorded 1917.

Wiktionary
ridge

n. 1 (lb en anatomy) The back of any animal; especially the upper or projecting part of the back of a quadruped. 2 Any extended protuberance; a projecting line or strip. 3 The line along which two sloping surfaces meet which diverge towards the ground. 4 The highest point on a roof, represented by a horizontal line where two roof areas intersect, running the length of the are

  1. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To form into a ridge 2 (context intransitive English) To extend in ridges

WordNet
ridge
  1. v. extend in ridges; "The land ridges towards the South"

  2. plough alternate strips by throwing the furrow onto an unploughed strip

  3. throw soil toward (a crop row) from both sides; "He ridged his corn"

  4. spade into alternate ridges and troughs; "ridge the soil"

  5. form into a ridge

ridge
  1. n. a long narrow natural elevation or striation

  2. any long raised strip

  3. a long narrow range of hills

  4. any long raised border or margin of a bone or tooth or membrane

  5. a beam laid along the ridge of a roof; provides attachment for upper end of rafters [syn: ridgepole, rooftree]

Gazetteer
Ridge, NY -- U.S. Census Designated Place in New York
Population (2000): 13380
Housing Units (2000): 5922
Land area (2000): 13.465679 sq. miles (34.875946 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.093631 sq. miles (0.242504 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 13.559310 sq. miles (35.118450 sq. km)
FIPS code: 61665
Located within: New York (NY), FIPS 36
Location: 40.907128 N, 72.882909 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 11961
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
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Wikipedia
Ridge (meteorology)

A ridge is an elongated region of relatively high atmospheric pressure, the opposite of a trough.

In hydrologic terms, a ridge is a line or wall of broken ice forced up by pressure. May be fresh or weathered.

Ridge (disambiguation)

A ridge is a geological feature that features a continuous elevational crest for some distance.

Ridge may also refer to:

Ridge (differential geometry)

In differential geometry, a smooth surface in three dimensions has a ridge point when a line of curvature has a local maximum or minimum of principal curvature. The set of ridge points form curves on the surface called ridges.

The ridges of a given surface fall into two families, typically designated red and blue, depending on which of the two principal curvatures has an extremum.

At umbilical points the colour of a ridge will change from red to blue. There are two main cases: one has three ridge lines passing through the umbilic, and the other has one line passing through it.

Ridge lines correspond to cuspidal edges on the focal surface.

Ridge (biology)

Ridges (regions of increased gene expression) are domains of the genome with a high gene expression; the opposite of ridges are antiridges. The term was first used by Caron et al. in 2001. Characteristics of ridges are:

  • Gene dense
  • Contain many C and G nucleobases
  • Genes have short introns
  • high SINE repeat density
  • low LINE repeat density
Ridge (CTA station)

Ridge was a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Niles Center branch, now known as the Yellow Line. The station was located at Ridge Avenue and Brummel Street in Evanston, Illinois. Ridge was situated east of Asbury and west of Howard. Ridge opened on March 28, 1925, and closed on March 27, 1948 upon the closing of the Niles Center branch.

Ridge

A ridge or mountain ridge is a geological feature consisting of a chain of mountains or hills that form a continuous elevated crest for some distance. Ridges are usually termed hills or mountains as well, depending on size. There are several main types of ridges:-

  • Dendritic ridge:- In typical dissected plateau terrain, the stream drainage valleys will leave intervening ridges. These are by far the most common ridges. These ridges usually represent slightly more erosion resistant rock, but not always – they often remain because there were more joints where the valleys formed, or other chance occurrences. This type of ridge is generally somewhat random in orientation, often changing direction frequently, often with knobs at intervals on the ridge top.
  • Stratigraphic ridge:- In places such as the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians, long, even, straight ridges are formed because they are the uneroded remaining edges of the more resistant dipping strata that were folded laterally. Similar ridges have formed in places such as the Black Hills, where the ridges form concentric circles around the igneous core. Sometimes these ridges are called " hogback ridges".
  • Oceanic spreading ridge:- In tectonic spreading zones around the world, such as at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the volcanic activity forming new plate boundary forms volcanic ridges at the spreading zone. Isostatic settling and erosion gradually reduce the elevations moving away from the zone.
  • Crater ridges:- Large meteorite strikes typically form large impact craters bordered by circular ridges.
  • Volcanic crater/caldera ridges:- Large volcanoes often leave behind a central crater/ caldera bordered by circular ridges.
  • Fault ridges:- Faults often form escarpments. Sometimes the tops of the escarpments form not plateaus, but slope back so that the edges of the escarpments form ridges.
  • Dune ridges:- In areas of large-scale dune activity, certain types of dunes result in sand ridges.
  • Moraines and eskers:- Glacial activity may leave ridges in the form of moraines and eskers. An arête is a thin ridge of rock that is formed by glacial erosion.
  • Volcanic subglacial ridges:- Many subglacial volcanoes create ridge-like formations when lava erupts through a thick glacier or ice sheet.
  • Shutter ridges:- A shutter ridge is a ridge which has moved along a fault line, blocking or diverting drainage. Typically, a shutter ridge creates a valley corresponding to the alignment of the fault that produces it.

Usage examples of "ridge".

The two loops may be connected by an appending ridge provided that it does not abut at right angles between the shoulders of the loop formation.

No angle is present as the ending ridge does not abut upon the curving ridge which envelopes it.

The tented arch is formed by the angle made when the curving ridge above the dot abuts upon the ridge immediately under and to the left of the dot.

Points A, B, and X are merely bifurcations rather than an abutment of two ridges at an angle.

The part of the circuit in front of the right delta, however, cannot be construed as a recurving ridge because of the appendage abutting upon it in the line of flow.

The looping ridge A, at the center, has an appendage B abutting upon its recurve.

The core is placed upon the end of the ridge abutting upon the inside of the loop, and so the imaginary line crosses no looping ridge, which is necessary.

At the north side, abutting from the ridge, the Crocodile reared its ungainly shape like some petrified antediluvian monster appointed to guard the valley.

The British batteries turned their attention away from them, and began to search the ridge with shrapnel and prepare the way for the advancing infantry.

Long Hunt in the high-country ridges with the rest of his agemates, and could move through underbrush with no more noise than a passing thought.

In mounds and valleys and ridges and cones, it lay as albescent as bone dust.

On the other side of the ridge fell a wide valley of bare turf, with the Aldern River threading through its center.

I confess that I am disappointed: we had planned to arrive at Potala in the twilight, while there was still alpenglow lighting the north-south ridges and the higher peaks to the north and west of the palace.

A river so-called, really a brook, the Ancre, runs at the foot of the slope and turns eastward beyond Thiepval, where a ridge called Crucifix ridge north-east of the village takes its name from a Christ with outstretched arms visible for many miles around.

And in nearby Arneis, which bordered Aubinas in the south, along the Bel Awl Ridge, there was further rebellion brewing.