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raft·​ing ˈraf-tiŋ How to pronounce rafting (audio)
: the act, sport, or pastime of traveling on a river or other body of water in a usually inflatable raft : the sport of rafting
But injuries can happen, just like with any other sport. For this reason, rafting might not be everyone's cup of tea …Aislinn Sarnacki
So maybe white-water rafting is not your ticket. Maybe you'd like some water sport that does not entail hurtling down an angry river at stomach-churning speeds.Michael D. Burke
A measure from Sen. Lawrence Childers … would provide immunity from lawsuits to outfitters of paddle sports—such as rafting and canoeing—because of "the inherent risks of paddle sport activities."Tim Hoover

Examples of rafting in a Sentence

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee Located next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is for the adventurous outdoor lover, with plenty of opportunities for biking, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting, and more than 800 miles of hiking trails. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 7 Apr. 2024 Recreation Package - Includes white water rafting, aerial ropes courses, ice skating, and more. $600 worth of regional benefits like South Bend Cubs baseball tickets, chocolate factory tours, zoo passes, airline vouchers, and tickets to ride the train to Chicago. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Mar. 2024 Hike to local waterfalls, go horseback riding in the Chattahoochee National Forest, go on a whitewater rafting excursion, ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, or enjoy water activities on Lake Blue Ridge. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 Sep. 2023 Bird-watching, dinner cruises, whitewater rafting, and paddleboarding are all big draws, too. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2024 In the spring and summer, guests have options like river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, clay shooting, and hot-air ballooning. Samantha Falewée, Travel + Leisure, 16 Mar. 2024 There are more than 400 miles of trail and popular activities include hiking, biking, rock climbing, canoeing, rafting and year-round backcountry skiing. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2024 Other highlights include a spa with fitness facilities, as well as a swimming pool, boat and well houses, a barn, large corral and access to outdoor activities ranging from horseback riding to scenic rafting trips down the Snake River. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2024 Strenuous climbs or sound healing, white-water rafting or hot-stone bathing, mountain biking or meditation—the choices are as varied as the terrain. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1697, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rafting was in 1697

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“Rafting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rafting. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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