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raf·fle 1

A lottery in which a number of persons buy chances to win a prize.
v. raf·fled, raf·fling, raf·fles
To dispose of in a raffle. Often used with off.
To conduct or take part in a raffle.

[Middle English rafle, a game using dice, from Old French, act of seizing, dice game, perhaps of Germanic origin.]

raf′fler n.

raf·fle 2

Rubbish; debris.

[Probably from French rafle, act of seizing, from Old French; see raffle1.]


(Biography) Sir Thomas Stamford. 1781–1826, British colonial administrator: founded Singapore (1819) as a station for the British East India Company
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7 In 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded which colonial state?
There is a gleaming white statue of Thomas Stamford Raffles, founder of modern Singapore, at the riverside spot where he is said to have landed.
The name of the restaurant is inspired by Olivia, the wife of Thomas Stamford Raffles, who founded colonial Singapore.
Lady Sophia was the wife of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore and inspiration for the hotel's name.
As well as enjoying the dramatic evening light show at Marina Bay, the boat ride is great for other picturesque sights, including the famous Merlion statue (a mythical creature with the head of a lion and body of a fish), the unique lotusshaped ArtScience Museum and the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of the port-city of Singapore.
The British government's decision to hand Java back to the Dutch after the Napoleonic Wars was opposed by many of the senior colonial officials who had served in Java, with Thomas Stamford Raffles and John Crawfurd being the leading literary advocates for retaining Java for the British.
Included among these seven perspectives are Sir Stamford Raffles, who initiated the collection of species for the proposed institution; architect Decimus Burton, responsible for the unique design of animal holdings, like the high-doored giraffe house; Devereux Fuller, the London Zoo's head keeper in the 1830s; Charles Spooner, a veterinary surgeon; Charles Darwin, a corresponding member; and the aged Earl of Derby, president of the Zoological Society of London.
30) and pick of the trio of contenders at the foot of the weights is Stamford Raffles.
In the city's colonial district, an upright, preening statue of imperial founder Sir Stamford Raffles stands guard in front of the Victorian town hall, a reminder of an era when the port acted as a lynchpin in Britain's maritime dominance of Asia.
We therefore learn a great deal about the lives and achievements of the curators, directors and scientists whose careers intersected with the natural history collections--from Thomas Stamford Raffles to current museum head Peter Ng--and their efforts to build or preserve what Tan describes as "the closest thing Singapore has to a national treasure" (p.
Similar thinking continued in the works of Stamford Raffles and John Crawfurd, though there was a shift towards a consideration of laws and customs.
The epitome of Singapore's colonial history, it was named after modern Singapore's founder, Sir Stamford Raffles.