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English noun: roof

1. roof (artifact) a protective covering that covers or forms the top of a building

Broader (hypernym)protection, protective cover, protective covering

Narrower (hyponym)curb roof, dome, gable roof, hip roof, hipped roof, housetop, saddle roof, saddleback, saddleback roof, slate roof, sunroof, sunshine-roof, thatch, thatched roof, tile roof, vault

Part holonymeaves, roof peak

Part meronymbuilding, edifice

2. roof (artifact) protective covering on top of a motor vehicle

Broader (hypernym)protection, protective cover, protective covering

Narrower (hyponym)hood

Part meronymauto, autobus, automobile, bus, car, charabanc, coach, double-decker, jitney, machine, motorbus, motorcar, motorcoach, motortruck, omnibus, passenger vehicle, truck

3. roof (object) the inner top surface of a covered area or hollow space

SamplesThe roof of the cave was very high.
I could see the roof of the bear's mouth.

Broader (hypernym)cover, covering, natural covering

Part meronymcave

4. roof (communication) an upper limit on what is allowed

SamplesHe put a ceiling on the number of women who worked for him.
There was a roof on salaries.
They established a cap for prices.

Synonymscap, ceiling

Broader (hypernym)control

Narrower (hyponym)glass ceiling

English verb: roof

1. roof (contact) provide a building with a roof; cover a building with a roof

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover

Narrower (hyponym)shingle, slate, thatch

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