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raft

1

[ raft, rahft ]

noun

  1. a more or less rigid floating platform made of buoyant material or materials:

    an inflatable rubber raft.

  2. a collection of logs, planks, casks, etc., fastened together for floating on water.
  3. Building Trades. a slab of reinforced concrete providing a footing on yielding soil, usually for a whole building, so that the weight of the soil that would be displaced by the settlement of the building exceeds the weight of the building itself; mat.


verb (used with object)

  1. to transport on a raft.
  2. to form (logs or the like) into a raft.
  3. to travel or cross by raft.
  4. (of an ice floe) to transport (embedded organic or rock debris) from the shore out to sea.

verb (used without object)

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

raft

2

[ raft, rahft ]

noun

, Informal.
  1. a great quantity; a lot:

    a whole raft of trouble.

raft

1

/ rɑːft /

noun

  1. informal.
    a large collection or amount

    a raft of old notebooks discovered in a cupboard



raft

2

/ rɑːft /

noun

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

verb

  1. to convey on or travel by raft, or make a raft from

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Derived Forms

  • ˈrafting, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of raft1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English raft(e), “(wooden) beam, spear,” from Old Norse raptr rafter 1

Origin of raft2

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; variant of raff

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Word History and Origins

Origin of raft1

C19: from raff

Origin of raft2

C15: from Old Norse raptr rafter

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Example Sentences

He is leading a round of investment in Aave worth $25 million by purchasing a raft of the project’s own governance tokens.

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So we sent in a raft of questions to the company to better understand the demand that it is seeing in the market for its service.

I lived in my truck for years and spent a decade of summers sleeping under the stars as a raft guide.

Authoritarians are using a raft of digital technologies to counter dissent, maintain political control, and stay in power.

It joins a raft of EV makers making the jump to public markets.

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He spent 47 days on a raft and survived only to be captured by the Japanese.

A raft of thrillers, sci-fi movies, and sinister dramas followed.

Mooney quickly inflated his life raft, sent out an SOS signal and drifted for fourteen days before he was rescued.

Complaints about the raft of security measures are dismissed.

Goldman, wisely, does not raise a raft of questions that drown a writer in the answering.

He swims every day in the river; he fishes from his bamboo raft; he hunts in the forest with his father.

It was decided that the carpenter should rig out a raft in a hasty fashion, and that we were to be put aboard it.

I improvised bandages, set the leg directly, and in a little while we got to the shore on a hastily constructed raft.

All the planters and many others near the lake shore keep a boat at their landing, and a raft for crossing vehicles and horses.

The raft had to be floated to the storehouse and a platform built, on which everything was elevated.

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