Definitions for: Raft


[n] a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers
[n] (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"; "it must have cost plenty"
[v] make into a raft; "raft these logs"
[v] travel by raft in water; "Raft the Colorado River"
[v] transport on a raft; "raft wood down a river"



Webster (1913) Definition: Raft, obs.
imp. & p. p. of Reave. --Spenser.


Raft, n. [Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel. raptr
a rafter; akin to Dan. raft, Prov. G. raff a rafter, spar;
cf. OHG. r[=a]fo, r[=a]vo, a beam, rafter, Icel. r[=a]f roof.
Cf. Rafter, n.]
1. 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.

2. A collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. (such as is
formed in some Western rivers of the United States), which
obstructs navigation. [U.S.]

3. [Perhaps akin to raff a heap.] A large collection of
people or things taken indiscriminately. [Slang, U. S.]
``A whole raft of folks.'' --W. D. Howells.

Raft bridge.
(a) A bridge whose points of support are rafts.
(b) A bridge that consists of floating timbers fastened
together.

Raft duck. [The name alludes to its swimming in dense
flocks.] (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The bluebill, or greater scaup duck; -- called also
flock duck. See Scaup.
(b) The redhead.

Raft port (Naut.), a large, square port in a vessel's side
for loading or unloading timber or other bulky articles; a
timber or lumber port.


Raft, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rafted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Rafting.]
To transport on a raft, or in the form of a raft; to make
into a raft; as, to raft timber.

Synonyms: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew

See Also: balsa raft, Carling float, construct, deluge, fabricate, float, flood, go, inundation, Kon Tiki, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, life raft, locomote, manufacture, move, torrent, transport, travel

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