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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
1. To convey on a raft.
2. To make into a raft.
To travel by raft.
[Middle English, from Old Norse raptr, beam, rafter.]
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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Nautical Terms) a buoyant platform of logs, planks, etc, used as a vessel or moored platform
2. (Building) a thick slab of reinforced concrete laid over soft ground to provide a foundation for a building
(Nautical Terms) to convey on or travel by raft, or make a raft from
[C15: from Old Norse raptr rafter]
informal a large collection or amount: a raft of old notebooks discovered in a cupboard.
[C19: from raff]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a more or less rigid floating platform made of buoyant materials: an inflatable rubber raft.
2. a collection of logs, planks, casks, etc., fastened together for floating on water.
3. life raft.
4. a slab of reinforced concrete providing a footing on yielding soil, usu. for a whole building.v.t.
5. to transport on a raft.
6. to form (logs or the like) into a raft.
7. to travel or cross by raft.
8. (of an ice floe) to transport (embedded organic or rock debris) from the shore out to sea.v.i.
9. to use a raft; go or travel on a raft.
[1250–1300; Middle English rafte, perhaps < Old Norse raptr rafter1]
a great quantity; a lot.
[1825–35; variant of raff in sense “large number” (Middle English: abundance)]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Rafta large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately; a dense flock of swimming birds; a collection of logs; fallen trees.
Examples: raft of auks (at sea); of swimming birds; of books; of crocodiles, 1774; of fellows, 1833; of folk; of logs; of masts, 1497; of people; of reporters; of tamarisk, 1822; of timber, 1745; of trees, 1806; of fallen trees; of verdure, 1876.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: rafted
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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|Noun||1.||raft - a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers|
float - something that floats on the surface of water
|2.||raft - (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"|
good deal, great deal, hatful, lot, muckle, passel, peck, mickle, mint, quite a little, slew, spate, tidy sum, wad, stack, mountain, pile, plenty, mass, batch, heap, deal, flock, pot, mess, sight
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent - an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"
haymow - a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
|Verb||1.||raft - transport on a raft; "raft wood down a river"|
raft - travel by raft in water; "Raft the Colorado River"
transport - move something or somebody around; usually over long distances
|2.||raft - travel by raft in water; "Raft the Colorado River"|
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
raft - transport on a raft; "raft wood down a river"
|3.||raft - make into a raft; "raft these logs"|
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
(= large number) a raft of [+ measures, proposals, advisers, experts, problems] → une foule de
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n → Floß nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
raft[rɑːft] n → zattera
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a number of logs, planks etc fastened together and used as a boat. vlot رَمْث، طَوْف сал jangada vor das Floß tømmerflåde σχεδίαbalsa parv کلک؛ قایق الواری lautta radeauרפסודה लठ्ठों का बेड़ा splav tutaj rakit (timbur)fleki zattera いかだ 뗏목 plaustas plosts rakit vlotflåtetratwa دړى چمبې، تمبى، هغه دړى چه يو له بله سره ولګول شى اوداو بوپه سرلامبو ووهله شى jangada plută плот plť splav splav flotte แพ sal 木筏 пліт لکڑیوں کا گٹھا جو کشتی کا کام دیتا ہے bè gỗ 木筏
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
raft→ طَوْف vor flåde Floß σχεδία balsa lautta radeau splav zattera いかだ 뗏목 vlot flåte tratwa jangada плот flotte แพ sal bè 筏
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