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raft 1

 (răft)
n.
1. A flat structure, typically made of planks, logs, or barrels, that floats on water and is used for transport or as a platform for swimmers.
2. A flatbottom inflatable craft for floating or drifting on water: shooting the rapids in a rubber raft.
v. raft·ed, raft·ing, rafts
v.tr.
1. To convey on a raft.
2. To make into a raft.
v.intr.
To travel by raft.

[Middle English, from Old Norse raptr, beam, rafter.]

raft 2

(răft)
n. Informal
A great number, amount, or collection: "As the prairie dog goes, conservation biologists say, so may go a raft of other creatures" (William K. Stevens).

[Originally American English, alteration (probably influenced by raft) of dialectal English (Scotland and Northern England) raff, a large collection or number (of something), abundance, from Middle English raf in rif and raf, everything, one and all, sweepings, rubbish; see riffraff.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rafts - a large number or amountrafts - a large number or amount; "made lots of new friends"; "she amassed stacks of newspapers"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
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There were mountains to climb, streams to ford or swim, sending the carts over on rudely made rafts.
In one of those plates the whales, like great rafts of logs, are represented lying among ice-isles, with white bears running over their living backs.
These rafts were of a shape and construction to suit the crookedness and extreme narrowness of the Neckar.
The June rise used to be always luck for me; because as soon as that rise begins here comes cordwood float- ing down, and pieces of log rafts -- sometimes a dozen logs together; so all you have to do is to catch them and sell them to the wood-yards and the sawmill.
Let us make several rafts, and carry them to a suitable place.
On the next day, the 19th of December, the masts, rafts, and spars were burned; the crew worked lustily, keeping up the fires.
Around this opening the Indians station themselves on small rafts, and ply their spears with great success.
The bodies of drowned buffaloes floated past them in vast numbers; many had drifted upon the shore, or against the upper ends of the rafts and islands.
The timbers used in the construction of Solomon's Temple were floated to Jaffa in rafts, and the narrow opening in the reef through which they passed to the shore is not an inch wider or a shade less dangerous to navigate than it was then.
Bert now could see only three of those floating, blackened, and smoking rafts of ruin against the sun.
According to the scouts the last of them crossed on rafts during the night.
He transformed it into a new town at a rate with which we boys only could keep up, for as fast as he built dams we made rafts to sail in them; he knocked down houses, and there we were crying 'Pilly