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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
Raft
(imp. & p. p.) of Reave.
noun Raft
Senses
  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. Etymology: Perhaps akin to raff a heap

    A large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately.(Slang, U. S)"A whole raftof folks." [W. D. Howells.]

Etymology: Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel. raptr a rafter; akin to Dan. raft, Prov. G. raff a rafter, spar; cf. OHG. rāfo rāvo, a beam, rafter, Icel. rāf roof. Cf. Rafter (n.)

verb Raft
To transport on a raft, or in the form of a raft; to make into a raft; as, to raft timber.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers
  2. A foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete
  3. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  4. Make into a raft ("raft these logs")
  5. Travel by raft in water ("Raft the Colorado River")
  6. Transport on a raft ("raft wood down a river")
Wiktionary
an inflatable life raft
  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.
a wooden raft
  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.

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

  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.

Alteration of raff.

  1. A large (but unspecified) number, a lot.

    raft was also found in the following language(s): Albanian and Czech

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Raft

    George Raft was an actor. His career lasted from 1924 to 1924. George was given the name George Ranft on September 26th, 1901 in New York City, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on November 24th, 1980.

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    Porcelain Raft is an alternative rock, indie pop, and indie rock musician. Their ongoing career started in 2010. Porcelain is also known as Mauro Remiddi.

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    Fun Facts about the name Raft

    • When was the first name Raft first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Raft is Monday, April 13th, 1908.
    • How unique is the name Raft? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Raft. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Raft: Your name in reverse order is Tfar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rfat. How do you pronounce that?

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    Past life for Raft born Aug 30, 1940

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Iran approximately on 1275. Your profession was preacher, publisher, and scribbler of ancient inscriptions.

    You had an artistic personality, always transforming ugly into beauty, gray into bright colors. You would find an opportunity of creative self-expression in any situation. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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