Pronunciation: (raft, räft), [key]
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 life raft.
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.

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.

1. to use a raft; go or travel on a raft.
2. (of an ice floe) to overlap another ice floe.


Pronunciation: (raft, räft), [key]
n. Informal.
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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