Definition of raft noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    raft

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//rɑːft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræft//
     
    Types of boats and ships, Boating, Travelling by boat or ship
     
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  1. 1 a flat structure made of pieces of wood tied together and used as a boat or floating platform See related entries: Types of boats and ships, Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2a small boat made of rubber or plastic that is filled with air an inflatable raft See related entries: Types of boats and ships, Boating, Travelling by boat or ship
  3. 3[usually singular] raft of something (informal) a large number or amount of something a whole raft of new proposals
  4. Word Origin senses 1 to 2 late Middle English (in the sense ‘beam, rafter’): from Old Norse raptr ‘rafter’. sense 3 mid 19th cent.: alteration of dialect raff ‘abundance’ (perhaps of Scandinavian origin), by association with raft in the sense ‘floating mass’.Extra examples He was found floating on a raft. The raft floated away down the river. The two airmen inflated the life raft. They built a raft of logs. We paddled the raft to the shore. a life raft
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