raft

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɑːft/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɹæft/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɑːft

Etymology 1[edit]

an inflatable life raft
a wooden raft

From North Germanic; 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-bottomed craft able to float and drift on water, used for transport or as a waterborne platform.
    An inflatable raft. A log raft.
  2. (inexact) Any flattish thing, usually wooden, used in a similar fashion.
    • 2016 February 2, Kate Winslet & al., Jimmy Kimmel Live!
      Even though in a way you let him freeze to death in the water, because the way I see it...
      I agree. Y'know, I think he actually could have fitted on that bit of door.
      There was plenty of room on the raft.
      I know. I know, I know.
  3. A thick crowd of seabirds or sea mammals, particularly a group of penguins when in the water.
  4. (US) A collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. which obstructs navigation in a river.
  5. (US, slang, when ordering food) A slice of toast.
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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.
  4. (graphical user interface) To dock (toolbars, etc.) so that they share horizontal or vertical space.
    • 2007, Dinesh Maidasani, Straight to the Point - Visual Basic 2005 (page 11)
      The ToolStripContainer provides built-in rafting and docking of ToolStrip, MenuStrip, and StatusStrip controls.
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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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Etymology 3[edit]

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 Ottoman Turkish راف(raf), from Arabic رَفّ(raff), contaminated with rrafsh.

Noun[edit]

raft m

  1. shelf

This noun needs an inflection-table template.


Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English raft.

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Noun[edit]

raft m

  1. raft (inflatable floating craft)

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