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  • noun Plural form of raft.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of raft.

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  • noun a large number or amount


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  • We had never made a raft, any of us, but the way to make rafts is better described in books, so we knew what to do.

    The Wouldbegoods Edith 1901

  • This is done on what is called rafts, built upon a flat with dales, and the barrels depending from the sides.

    Journal of a Lady of Quality; Being the Narrative of a Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina, and Portugal, in the Years 1774 to 1776 1920

  • At first I was minded to send a boat after them, but by this time the rafts were a good two miles beyond the harbour, and Mrs. Purchase said, 'No, they can do no good, poor dears; let them have their few hours' pleasure. '

    Shining Ferry Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch 1903

  • On one of the rafts was a shanty of newly sawed pine boards; it had no windows, but it was evidently a home, for a stove-pipe came through its roof, and there was a woman sitting in its little doorway, nursing her baby.

    The Iron Woman Margaret Wade Campbell Deland 1901

  • Upon one of the rafts was a short net, which, from the size of the meshes, was probably intended to catch turtle; upon another was a young shark; and these, with their paddles and spears, seemed to constitute the whole of their earthly riches.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis — Volume 2 Matthew Flinders 1794

  • Moreover, monomeric α-syn can be found in lipid rafts, which is required for the synaptic localization of α-syn

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2008

  • When I started camping as a kid those "rafts" WERE air matresses, and the only air matresses.

    Homemade air mattress 2009

  • When I started camping as a kid those "rafts" WERE air matresses, and the only air matresses.

    Homemade air mattress 2009

  • Our illustration (Fig. 1) represents the kind of rafts supplied to her Majesty's troop ships, while Figs. 2 and 3 show deck seats convertible into rafts, which are intended for ordinary passenger steamers.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 595, May 28, 1887 Various

  • Addison drove them to the railway station, where the old Squire checked their empty image "rafts" in the baggage car.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's 1887


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