Meaning of raft

raft

Pronunciation: (raft, räft), [key]
— n.
  1. a more or less rigid floating platform made of buoyant material or materials: an inflatable rubber raft.
  2. a collection of logs, planks, casks, etc., fastened together for floating on water.
  3. See
  4. a slab of reinforced concrete providing a footing on yielding soil, usually for a whole building, so that the weight of the soil that would be displaced by the settlement of the building exceeds the weight of the building itself; mat.
—v.t.
  1. to transport on a raft.
  2. to form (logs or the like) into a raft.
  3. to travel or cross by raft.
  4. (of an ice floe) to transport (embedded organic or rock debris) from the shore out to sea.
—v.i.
  1. to use a raft; go or travel on a raft.
  2. (of an ice floe) to overlap another ice floe.

raft

Pronunciation: (raft, räft), [key]
— n. Informal.
  1. a great quantity; a lot: a raft of trouble.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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