raft

A raft is a vessel or structure that's made to float on water. You might have an inflatable raft you use for floating around your backyard pool.

Rafts come in many forms, from soft and squishy to wooden and permanent, like the rafts built on lakes for swimmers to rest on and dive off. Other rafts are mobile — they're small, flat boats meant for transporting people or goods across a river, for example. If you raft, you travel by raft. Experts guess that raft comes from the Old Norse word raptr, "log."

Definitions of raft
  1. noun
    a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers
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    types:
    Kon Tiki, balsa raft
    a light raft made of balsa
    Carling float, life raft
    a raft to use if a ship must be abandoned in an emergency
    type of:
    float
    something that floats on the surface of water
  2. verb
    transport on a raft
    raft wood down a river”
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    type of:
    transport
    move something or somebody around; usually over long distances
  3. verb
    make into a raft
    raft these logs”
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    type of:
    construct, fabricate, manufacture
    put together out of artificial or natural components or parts
  4. verb
    travel by raft in water
    Raft the Colorado River”
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  5. noun
    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    synonyms: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
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    types:
    barrage, deluge, flood, flurry, inundation, torrent
    an overwhelming number or amount
    haymow
    a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
    type of:
    large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
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