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Definition of raft

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a collection of logs or timber fastened together for conveyance by water
b : a flat structure for support or transportation on water
2 : a floating cohesive mass
3 : an aggregation of animals (such as waterfowl) resting on the water


rafted; rafting; rafts

Definition of raft (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to transport in the form of or by means of a raft also : to convey (something, such as pebbles) in floating ice or masses of organic material
2 : to make into a raft

intransitive verb

: to travel by raft

Definition of raft (Entry 3 of 3)

: a large collection or number

First Known Use of raft

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1667, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raft

Noun (1)

Middle English rafte rafter, raft, from Old Norse raptr rafter

Noun (2)

alteration of raff jumble

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The first known use of raft was in the 15th century

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“Raft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raft. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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Kids Definition of raft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flat structure (as a group of logs fastened together) for support or transportation on water



Kids Definition of raft (Entry 2 of 2)

: a large amount or number rafts of birds

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