raft

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

an inflatable life raft
a wooden raft

From Scandinavian; compare West Old Norse raptr (rafter), Norwegian raft (beam, rafter), Danish raft (thin pole). Compare also Albanian trap (raft, ferry).

Noun[edit]

raft (plural rafts)

  1. A flat structure made of planks, barrels etc., that floats on water, and is used for transport, emergencies or a platform for swimmers.
  2. A flat-bottomed inflatable craft for floating or drifting on water.
  3. A thick crowd of seabirds or sea mammals.
  4. (US) A collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. which obstructs navigation in a river.
  5. (slang, informal) A large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately.
    • W. D. Howells
      a whole raft of folks
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Verb[edit]

raft (third-person singular simple present rafts, present participle rafting, simple past and past participle rafted)

  1. (transitive) to convey on a raft
  2. (transitive) to make into a raft
  3. (intransitive) to travel by raft
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Etymology 2[edit]

Alteration of raff.

Noun[edit]

raft (plural rafts)

  1. A large (but unspecified) number, a lot.
    • 2007, Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon, Blue Bridge 2008, p. 31:
      Among those arrested was the grand master himself, Jacques de Molay, who found himself facing a raft of charges based on the specious evidence of former knights [...].
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Verb[edit]

raft

  1. simple past tense and past participle of reave
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Turkish raf.

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raft m

  1. shelf

Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English raft.

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raft m

  1. raft (inflatable floating craft)

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