[ raf-ting, rahf- ]
/ ˈræf tɪŋ, ˈrɑf- /


the sport of traveling on rivers and streams by raft.

Origin of rafting

First recorded in 1690–1700; raft1 + -ing1

Definition for rafting (2 of 2)

[ raft, rahft ]
/ ræft, rɑft /


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.

Origin of raft

1250–1300; Middle English rafte, perhaps < Old Norse raptr rafter1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for rafting

British Dictionary definitions for rafting (1 of 2)

/ (rɑːft) /


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

Derived forms of raft

rafting, noun

Word Origin for raft

C15: from Old Norse raptr rafter

British Dictionary definitions for rafting (2 of 2)

/ (rɑːft) /


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

Word Origin for raft

C19: from raff
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012