from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flat structure, typically made of planks, logs, or barrels, that floats on water and is used for transport or as a platform for swimmers.
- n. A flatbottom inflatable craft for floating or drifting on water: shooting the rapids in a rubber raft.
- transitive v. To convey on a raft.
- transitive v. To make into a raft.
- intransitive v. To travel by raft.
- n. Informal A great number, amount, or collection: "As the prairie dog goes, conservation biologists say, so may go a raft of other creatures” ( William K. Stevens).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flat structure made of planks, barrels etc., that floats on water, and is used for transport, emergencies or a platform for swimmers.
- n. A flat-bottomed inflatable craft for floating or drifting on water.
- n. A thick crowd of seabirds or sea mammals.
- v. to convey on a raft
- v. to make into a raft
- v. to travel by raft
- n. A large (but unspecified) number, a lot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. & p. p. of reave.
- n. 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.
- n. A collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. (such as is formed in some Western rivers of the United States), which obstructs navigation.
- n. A large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately.
- transitive v. To transport on a raft, or in the form of a raft; to make into a raft.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beam; spar; rafter.
- n. A sort of float or framework formed of logs, planks, or other pieces of timber fastened or lashed together side by side, for the convenience of transporting the constituent materials down rivers, across harbors, etc.
- n. A structure similarly formed of any materials for the floating or transportation of persons or things.
- n. An accumulation of driftwood from fallen trees in a river, lodged and compacted so as to form a permanent obstruction.
- n. A conglomeration of eggs of some animals, as certain insects and mollusks, fastened together and forming a. mass; a float. See cut under Ianthina.
- To transport or float on a raft.
- To make a raft of; form into a raft.
- To manage a raft; work upon a raft or rafts; travel by raft.
- n. A miscellaneous collection or heap; a promiscuous lot: used slightingly: as, a raft of papers; a whole raft of things to be attended to.
- n. A damp fusty smell.
- n. An obsolete preterit and past participle of reave.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make into a raft
- n. a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers
- v. transport on a raft
- v. travel by raft in water
- n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
Middle English, from Old Norse raptr, beam, rafter.
Alteration of dialectal raff, rubbish; see raffish.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of raff. (Wiktionary)