- a flat, buoyant structure of logs, boards, barrels, etc. fastened together; specif., one used like a boat as in an emergency or in shallow water
- a similar structure anchored in a river or lake and used by divers, swimmers, etc.
- a flat-bottomed, inflatable device, as of rubber, for floating on water
Origin of raftMiddle English rafte, beam, rafter from Old Norse raptr, log: see rafter
- to transport on a raft
- to make into a raft
Origin of raftfrom raff, sense (with unhistoric -t)
- A flat structure, typically made of planks, logs, or barrels, that floats on water and is used for transport or as a platform for swimmers.
- A flatbottom inflatable craft for floating or drifting on water: shooting the rapids in a rubber raft.
verbraft·ed, raft·ing, rafts
- To convey on a raft.
- To make into a raft.
Origin of raftMiddle English from Old Norse raptr beam, rafter
Origin of raftAlteration of dialectal raff rubbish ; see raffish .
- A flat structure made of planks, barrels etc., that floats on water, and is used for transport, emergencies or a platform for swimmers.
- A flat-bottomed inflatable craft for floating or drifting on water.
- A thick crowd of seabirds or sea mammals.
- (US) A collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. which obstructs navigation in a river.
- (slang, informal) A large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately.
(third-person singular simple present rafts, present participle rafting, simple past and past participle rafted)
From Scandinavian; compare West Old Norse raptr (“rafter"), Norwegian raft (“beam, rafter"), Danish raft (“thin pole"). Compare also Albanian trap (“raft, ferry").
- A large (but unspecified) number, a lot.
Alteration of raff.
- Simple past tense and past participle of reave.
raft - Computer Definition
(Resource Area For Teaching, San Jose, CA, www.raft.net) A non-profit organization that offers materials and its Silicon Valley facility to help K-12 kids learn science, math, technology and art with hands-on activities. RAFT recycles surplus and used equipment as well as scrap materials and routinely sends trucks to local donors for pickup. See e-cycling.