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."

Primary Meanings of raft

1.
nv
a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers
transport on a raft
2.
n
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
Full Definitions of raft
1

n a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers

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

v transport on a raft

raft wood down a river”
Type of:
transport
move something or somebody around; usually over long distances

v make into a raft

raft these logs”
Type of:
construct, fabricate, manufacture
put together out of artificial or natural components or parts

v travel by raft in water

Raft the Colorado River”
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
2

n (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
Types:
deluge, flood, 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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