• The back of any animal; especially the upper or projecting part of the back of a quadruped.
  • Any extended protuberance; a projecting line or strip.
  • The line along which two sloping surfaces meet which diverge towards the ground.
  • The highest point on a roof, represented by a horizontal line where two roof areas intersect, running the length of the area.
  • The highest portion of the glacis proceeding from the salient angle of the covered way.
  • A chain of mountains.
  • A chain of hills.
  • A long narrow elevation on an ocean bottom.
  • An elongated region of high atmospheric pressure.



  • From Middle English rigge, rygge, (also rig, ryg, rug), from Old English hryċġ, from Proto-Germanic *hrugjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreuk-, *(s)ker-. Cognate with Scots rig, North Frisian reg, West Frisian rêch, Dutch rug, German Rücken, Swedish rygg, Icelandic hryggur. Cognate to Albanian kërrus and kurriz.

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