- the sport of traveling on rivers and streams by raft.
Origin of rafting
- 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
Examples from the Web for rafting
I had found it when I was rafting so I knew they did not know about it.Old Rail Fence Corners
After many days of rafting our travellers arrived in a most singular country.The Forest Exiles
For this reason rivermen maintain that timber is made better by rafting.Seasoning of Wood
Joseph B. Wagner
Our first business was to water the ship by rafting and towing off the casks.Peter Simple
A successful experiment in rafting, from Jelalabad to Dakka, was tried.Afghanistan and the Anglo-Russian Dispute
Theo. F. Rodenbough
- 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 rafting
"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.