Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers
  2. (noun, quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    a deal of trouble
    a lot of money
    he made a mint on the stock market
    see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
    it must have cost plenty
    a slew of journalists
    a wad of money
  3. (verb, motion) transport on a raft
  4. (verb, motion) travel by raft in water
  5. (verb, creation) make into a raft

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Raft

  1. "floating platform," 1497, originally "rafter" (c.1420), from O.N. raptr "log" (O.N. -pt- pronounced as -ft-), related to M.L.G. rafter, rachter "rafter." more
  2. "large collection," 1830, variant of raff "heap, large amount," from M.E. raf (see raffish, riffraff); form and sense associated with raft (1). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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