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;
- Example: "a batch of letters"
- Example: "a deal of trouble"
- Example: "a lot of money"
- Example: "he made a mint on the stock market"
- Example: "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"
- Example: "it must have cost plenty"
- Example: "a slew of journalists"
- Example: "a wad of money"
[syn: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad]
1. transport on a raft;
- Example: "raft wood down a river"
2. travel by raft in water;
- Example: "Raft the Colorado River"
3. make into a raft;
- Example: "raft these logs"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Raft \Raft\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rafted; p. pr. & vb. n. Rafting.] To transport on a raft, or in the form of a raft; to make into a raft; as, to raft timber. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Raft \Raft\ (r[.a]ft), obs. imp. & p. p. of Reave. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Raft \Raft\, n. [Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel. raptr a rafter; akin to Dan. raft, Prov. G. raff a rafter, spar; cf. OHG. r[=a]fo, r[=a]vo, a beam, rafter, Icel. r[=a]f roof. Cf. Rafter, n.] 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. [1913 Webster] 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.] [1913 Webster] 3. [Perhaps akin to raff a heap.] A large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately. [Slang, U. S.] "A whole raft of folks." --W. D. Howells. [1913 Webster] Raft bridge. (a) A bridge whose points of support are rafts. (b) A bridge that consists of floating timbers fastened together. Raft duck. [The name alludes to its swimming in dense flocks.] (Zool.) (a) The bluebill, or greater scaup duck; -- called also flock duck. See Scaup. (b) The redhead. Raft port (Naut.), a large, square port in a vessel's side for loading or unloading timber or other bulky articles; a timber or lumber port. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reave \Reave\ (r[=e]v), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reaved (r[=e]vd), Reft (r[e^]ft), or Raft (r[.a]ft) (obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Reaving.] [AS. re['a]fian, from re['a]f spoil, plunder, clothing, re['o]fan to break (cf. bire['o]fan to deprive of); akin to G. rauben to rob, Icel. raufa to rob, rj[=u]fa to break, violate, Goth. bir['a]ub[=o]n to despoil, L. rumpere to break; cf. Skr. lup to break. [root]114. Cf. Bereave, Rob, v. t., Robe, Rove, v. i., Rupture.] To take away by violence or by stealth; to snatch away; to rob; to despoil; to bereave. [Archaic]. "To reave his life." --Spenser. [1913 Webster] He golden apples raft of the dragon. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] If the wooers reave By privy stratagem my life at home. --Chapman. [1913 Webster] To reave the orphan of his patrimony. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The heathen caught and reft him of his tongue. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
62 Moby Thesaurus words for "raft": 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