- a more or less rigid floating platform made of buoyant material or materials: an inflatable rubber raft.
- a collection of logs, planks, casks, etc., fastened together for floating on water.
- life raft.
- 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.
- to transport on a raft.
- to form (logs or the like) into a raft.
- to travel or cross by raft.
- (of an ice floe) to transport (embedded organic or rock debris) from the shore out to sea.
- to use a raft; go or travel on a raft.
- (of an ice floe) to overlap another ice floe.
Origin of raft1
- a great quantity; a lot: a raft of trouble.
Origin of raft2
Examples from the Web for raft
He spent 47 days on a raft and survived only to be captured by the Japanese.Dick Cheney vs. ‘Unbroken’
December 15, 2014
A raft of thrillers, sci-fi movies, and sinister dramas followed.Can Condon's Freak Show Win Broadway?
November 18, 2014
Complaints about the raft of security measures are dismissed.When ISIS Is An Excuse For A Police State
October 18, 2014
Goldman, wisely, does not raise a raft of questions that drown a writer in the answering.Mexico City: Francisco Goldman’s Other Lost Love
September 25, 2014
We brainstormed different props to bring out during my set including super soakers, Chinese dragons and … the RAFT.DJ Steve Aoki: To Cake or Not To Cake
August 8, 2014
As if he were not capable of controlling a raft or a bonfire!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
I have seen a raft built of cedar logs and cedar bark ropes in an hour.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
In the name of God, look again, and see in what condition the wretches have got their raft!
Paul then signed to the raft and to the reef, as much as to tell the other to withdraw his party.
After they had a good start the band on the raft began to play.
- 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
- to convey on or travel by raft, or make a raft from
- informal a large collection or amounta raft of old notebooks discovered in a cupboard
Word Origin and History for raft
"floating platform," late 15c., originally "rafter" (c.1300), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse raptr "log" (Old Norse -pt- pronounced as -ft-), related to Middle Low German rafter, rachter "rafter" (see rafter).
1680s, from raft (n.1). Related: Rafted; rafting.