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1 a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers
2 (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty" [syn: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew]


1 transport on a raft; "raft wood down a river"
2 travel by raft in water; "Raft the Colorado River"
3 make into a raft; "raft these logs"

User Contributed Dictionary



From the Old Norse word raptr, originally meaning 'beam' or 'rafter'. Cognate with "rafter".


  • (UK) IPA: /rɑːft/
  • (US) IPA: /ræft/


  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 large (but unspecified) number, a lot.
    All we've ever got from you is a raft of promises.

Related terms


flat, floating structure
inflatable floating craft
a large but unspecified number of something


  1. to convey on a raft
  2. to make into a raft
  3. to travel by raft

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From the Turkish raf.


raft m

Extensive Definition

A raft is any flat floating structure for travel over water. It is the most basic of boat design, characterized by the absence of a hull. Instead, rafts are kept afloat using any combination of buoyant materials such as wood, sealed barrels, or inflated air chambers. Traditional or primitive rafts are constructed of wood or reeds. Modern rafts may also use pontoons, drums, or extruded polystyrene blocks. Inflatable rafts use durable, multi-layered rubberized fabrics. Depending on its use and size, it may have a superstructure, masts, or rudders.
Timber rafting is used by the logging industry for the transportation of logs, by tying them together into rafts, and drifting or pulling them down a river. This method was very common up until the middle of the 20th century but is now used only rarely.
The type of raft used for recreational rafting is almost exclusively an inflatable boat, manufactured of flexible materials for use on whitewater.
raft in Guarani: Ygape
raft in Bengali: ভেলা
raft in Bulgarian: Сал
raft in Czech: Vor
raft in German: Floß
raft in Spanish: Balsa (embarcación)
raft in Esperanto: Floso
raft in French: Radeau
raft in Indonesian: Rakit
raft in Hebrew: רפסודה
raft in Macedonian: Сплав
raft in Dutch: Vlot
raft in Japanese: ラフト
raft in Polish: Tratwa
raft in Slovak: Plť
raft in Swedish: Flotte
raft in Ukrainian: Пліт (плавзасіб)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Carling float, balsa, balsa raft, barge, batch, boat, bob, boom, buoy, bus, cart, coach, considerable, cork, deal, dray, ferry, float, gobs, good deal, great deal, haul, heap, heaps, lashings, life buoy, life preserver, life raft, lighter, loads, lot, lots, mess, mint, oodles, pack, peck, pile, piles, pontoon, pot, quite a little, rafts, scads, ship, sight, sled, sledge, slew, slews, spate, stack, stacks, surfboard, tidy sum, truck, van, wad, wads, wagon, wheelbarrow, whole slew
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