[raf-ting, rahf-] /ˈræf tɪŋ, ˈrɑf-/
the sport of traveling on rivers and streams by .
[raft, rahft] /ræft, rɑft/
a more or less rigid floating platform made of buoyant material or materials:
an inflatable rubber raft.
a collection of logs, planks, casks, etc., fastened together for floating on water.
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.
verb (used with object)
to transport on a raft.
to form (logs or the like) into a raft.
to travel or cross by raft.
(of an ice floe) to transport (embedded organic or rock debris) from the shore out to sea.
verb (used without object)
to use a raft; go or travel on a raft.
(of an ice floe) to overlap another ice floe.
a buoyant platform of logs, planks, etc, used as a vessel or moored platform
a thick slab of reinforced concrete laid over soft ground to provide a foundation for a building
to convey on or travel by raft, or make a raft from
(informal) a large collection or amount: a raft of old notebooks discovered in a cupboard
“floating platform,” late 15c., originally “rafter” (c.1300), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse raptr “log” (Old Norse -pt- pronounced as -ft-), related to Middle Low German rafter, rachter “rafter” (see rafter).
“large collection,” 1830, variant of raff “heap, large amount,” from Middle English raf (cf. raffish, riffraff); form and sense associated with raft (n.1).
1680s, from raft (n.1). Related: Rafted; rafting.
A large number; oodles, slew: I have rafts of reasons for not doing that
[1833+; fr earlier uses of raft to mean a dense flight of waterfowl, a mass of logs in a river, etc]
[rafts-muh n, rahfts-] /ˈræfts mən, ˈrɑfts-/ noun, plural raftsmen. 1. a person who manages or is employed on a .
abbreviation 1. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
[rag] /ræg/ noun 1. a worthless piece of cloth, especially one that is torn or worn. 2. rags, ragged or tattered clothing: The tramp was dressed in rags. 3. any article of apparel regarded deprecatingly or self-deprecatingly, especially a dress: It’s just an old rag I had in the closet. 4. a shred, scrap, or […]
[rah-guh] /ˈrɑ gə/ noun 1. one of the melodic formulas of Hindu music having the melodic shape, rhythm, and ornamentation prescribed by tradition. /ˈrɑːɡə/ noun (in Indian music) 1. any of several conventional patterns of melody and rhythm that form the basis for freely interpreted compositions. Each pattern is associated with different aspects of religious […]