from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Flat-bottomed or keelless, as the breast-bone of a bird; ratite.


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  • We arrived here this morning in broad sunlight, which lit up the sea-girt buildings as we approached so that they seemed like a city of cork floating raft-like on the smooth, blue deep.

    A Changed Man

  • The latest we saw, Jim, was that this yellow raft-like mechanism has been inflated and that maybe this whale will be to towed somewhere.

    CNN Transcript Jan 21, 2006

  • Images from the High Resolution Stereo Camera on Mars Express show raft-like ground structures - dubbed "plates" - that look similar to ice formations near Earth's poles, according to an international team of scientists.

    Blue Mars rising

  • Long and heavy pieces of angle-iron came bolted to raft-like sections of the deck; various kinds of timber proved useful in a variety of ways.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • From time to time the humans were joined on their raft-like perch by crawlpaws similar to the ones they had encountered on the island.


  • At sea, monstrosities of every sort floated in the Solent, long raft-like things proceeding very slowly under their own power, tall spiky things, things like a block of flats afloat upon the startled sea.

    The Breaking Wave

  • The hull was to be formed of two portions, a kind of barge-like structure or lower hull, built of iron, and mostly under water when the ship was afloat, and fixed over this the upper hull, a raft-like structure, wider and longer, and with overhanging armoured sides and lighter deck-armour.

    Famous Sea Fights From Salamis to Tsu-Shima

  • It consisted of a revolving turret with 8-inch armor and two 11-inch smoothbore guns, set on a raft-like structure

    A History of Sea Power

  • On they went, the Spider's depression growing perceptibly, until at last their feet trod the rough planking of a narrow causeway which ended in a dark, raft-like structure moored out in the river.

    The Definite Object A Romance of New York

  • One of the four air-tight barrels which supported it had caught in the mud and kept the buoyant, raft-like platform from being carried downstream in the rush of water.

    Tom Slade Motorcycle Dispatch Bearer

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