a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers
batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad(verb)
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
"a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"
transport on a raft
"raft wood down a river"
travel by raft in water
"Raft the Colorado River"
make into a raft
"raft these logs"
imp. & p. p. of Reave
a collection of logs, boards, pieces of timber, or the like, fastened together, either for their own collective conveyance on the water, or to serve as a support in conveying other things; a float
a collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. (such as is formed in some Western rivers of the United States), which obstructs navigation
a large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately
to transport on a raft, or in the form of a raft; to make into a raft; as, to raft timber
Origin: [Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel. raptr a rafter; akin to Dan. raft, Prov. G. raff a rafter, spar; cf. OHG. rfo, rvo, a beam, rafter, Icel. rf roof. Cf. Rafter, n.]
A raft is any flat structure for support or transportation over water. It is the most basic of boat design, characterized by the absence of a hull. Although there are cross-over boat types that blur this definition, rafts are usually kept afloat by using any combination of buoyant materials such as wood, sealed barrels, or inflated air chambers, and are typically not propelled by an engine.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
raft, n. (U.S.) a miscellaneous or promiscuous lot. [A variant of Raff (1).]
raft, n. a collection of pieces of timber fastened together for a support on the water: planks conveyed by water.—v.t. to transport on a raft: to form into a raft.—v.i. to manage a raft, travel by raft.—ns. Raft′-bridge, a bridge supported on rafts; Raft′-dog, an iron bar fitted for securing logs in a raft; Raft′-duck, the black-head duck of the United States; Raft′-port, a square hole in some ships for convenience in loading and unloading timber; Raft′-rope, a rope used in whaling-vessels for stringing blubber; Rafts′man, one who guides a raft. [Ice. raptr (pron. raftr), a rafter—ráf, ræfr, a roof; cf. Old High Ger. rāfo, a spar.]
The numerical value of raft in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of raft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There's a whole raft of different factors involved and it's progressing nicely.
This raises a raft of ethical questions... and the risk of surrogates being coerced through financial gain.
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A contract which forces a woman to give up the right to make decisions about her body as part of a paid-for service would be a move towards a commercial model, this raises a raft of ethical questions... and the risk of surrogates being coerced through financial gain.
A person familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday the boy was decapitated. Paul Oberhauser told local television station KCTV Paul Oberhauser shoulder restraint busted loose on Paul Oberhauser Verruckt raft July 26. The Nebraska man said The Nebraska man just held on, and a video shot by The Nebraska man wife shows the strap loose at the ride's end. Paul Oberhauser said Paul Oberhauser reported the matter to park workers. Kenneth Conrad, Kenneth Conrad, told WDAF-TV that during Kenneth Conrad trip down the waterslide last year with a friend, the friend's shoulder strap came completely off. Conrad's wife snapped a photo at the end of the ride showing the strap missing, and Kenneth Conrad didn't file a complaint with the park. The park's spokeswoman didn't return messages Tuesday from The Associated Press seeking comment on the claims. In a statement, she said a limited portion of the park will reopen at midday Wednesday. Riders sit in multi-person rafts that begin with the steep drop, followed by a surge up a second hill before a 50-foot descent to a finishing pool. Along the way, riders clutch ropes along the inside of the raft. In early tests, rafts carrying sandbags flew off the slide, prompting engineers to tear down half of the ride and reconfigure some angles. A promotional video about building the slide includes footage of two men riding a raft down a half-size test model and going slightly airborne as it crests the top of the first big hill. Caleb Schwab was in a raft with two adults who were not related to Caleb Schwab when Caleb Schwab was killed on the slide, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest. The other two were treated for facial injuries. Police were investigating the death as a criminal case although police spokesman Cameron Morgan said Tuesday that designation did not mean they suspect foul play. Jon Rust, a professor of textile engineering at North Carolina State University, said the material used on the straps, commonly called hook and loop, isn't designed to keep a person in the seat. It also can get old and degrade with use. It's got to be used in a safe manner, and that doesn't include stopping someone's fall or preventing someone's ejection, Jon Rust said. Ken Martin, Ken Martin, questioned whether the straps were appropriate for what Ken Martin called nothing more than a roller coaster with water. Although Ken Martin has not seen or ridden Verruckt, Martin said a more solid restraint system that fits over the body - similar to those used in roller coasters - may have been better. I think we have a serious issue with the restraint system. Period.
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- raiCatalan, Valencian
- raft, vorCzech
- Schlauchboot, FloßGerman
- lautta, [[tehdä]] [[lautta]], [[kulkea]] [[lautalla]], kumilautta, roppakaupalla, [[kuljettaa]] [[lautalla]]Finnish
- radeau, multitude, masseFrench
- zattera, gommoneItalian
- ラフト, いかだJapanese
- mōkihi, mōkīMāori
- vlot, rubberbootDutch
- flåte, floteNorwegian Nynorsk
- tsin naaʼeełNavajo, Navaho
- ਬੇੜਾPanjabi, Punjabi
- плот, куча, рафт, множество, уймаRussian
- splav, сплавSerbo-Croatian
- floted, boadaflotedVolapük
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