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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Raft  \Raft\,  obs. 
  imp.  &  p.  p.  of  {Reave}.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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.] 
 
  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. 
 
  {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.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Reave  \Reave\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Reaved},  {Reft},  or 
  {Raft}(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]ubon  to  despoil,  L.  rumpere  to  break;  cf  Skr.  lup  to 
  break.  [root]114.  Cf  {Bereave},  {Rob},  v.  t.,  {Robe}, 
  {Rove},  v.  t.,  {Rupture}.] 
  To  take  away  by  violence  or  by  stealth;  to  snatch  away  to 
  rob;  to  despoil;  to  bereave.  [Archaic].  ``To  reave  his 
  life.''  --Spenser. 
 
  He  golden  apples  raft  of  the  dragon.  --Chaucer. 
 
  By  privy  stratagem  my  life  at  home.  --Chapman. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  raft 
  n  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: 
  "a  batch  of  letters";  "a  deal  of  trouble";  "a  lot  of 
  money";  "it  must  have  cost  plenty"  [syn:  {batch},  {deal}, 
  {flock},  {good  deal},  {great  deal},  {hatful},  {heap},  {lot}, 
  {mass},  {mess},  {mickle},  {mint},  {muckle},  {peck},  {pile}, 
  {plenty},  {pot},  {quite  a  little},  {sight},  {slew},  {spate}, 
  {stack},  {tidy  sum},  {wad},  {whole  lot},  {whole  slew}] 
  v  1:  transport  on  a  raft;  "raft  wood  down  a  river" 
  2:  travel  by  raft  in  water;  "Raft  the  Colorado  River" 
  3:  make  into  a  raft;  "raft  these  logs" 




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