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raft

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[ raft, rahft ]
/ ræft, rɑft /
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Definition of raft

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.
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Origin of raft

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English raft(e), “(wooden) beam, spear,” from Old Norse raptr rafter1

Other definitions for raft (2 of 2)

raft2
[ raft, rahft ]
/ ræft, rɑft /

noun Informal.
a great quantity; a lot: a whole raft of trouble.

Origin of raft

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An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; variant of raff
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British Dictionary definitions for raft (1 of 2)

raft1
/ (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 forms of raft

rafting, noun

Word Origin for raft

C15: from Old Norse raptr rafter

British Dictionary definitions for raft (2 of 2)

raft2
/ (rɑːft) /

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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