raft

1
[ raft, rahft ]
/ ræft, rɑft /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to use a raft; go or travel on a raft.
(of an ice floe) to overlap another ice floe.

Nearby words

  1. raffles,
  2. rafflesia,
  3. rafinesque,
  4. rafraîchissoir,
  5. rafsanjani,
  6. raft ice,
  7. rafter,
  8. rafting,
  9. raftsman,
  10. rafvr

Origin of raft

1
1250–1300; Middle English rafte, perhaps < Old Norse raptr rafter1

raft

2
[ raft, rahft ]
/ ræft, rɑft /

noun Informal.

a great quantity; a lot: a raft of trouble.

Origin of raft

2
1825–35; variant of raff large number (Middle English: abundance)

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British Dictionary definitions for raft

raft

1
/ (rɑːft) /

noun

a buoyant platform of logs, planks, etc, used as a vessel or moored platform
a thick slab of reinforced concrete laid over soft ground to provide a foundation for a building

verb

to convey on or travel by raft, or make a raft from
Derived Formsrafting, noun

Word Origin for raft

C15: from Old Norse raptr rafter

noun

informal a large collection or amounta raft of old notebooks discovered in a cupboard

Word Origin for raft

C19: from raff

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