Webster 1913 Edition
[Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel.
raptra rafter; akin to Dan.
raft, Prov. G.
raffa rafter, spar; cf. OHG.
rāvo, a beam, rafter, Icel.
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.
A collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. (such as is formed in some Western rivers of the United States), which obstructs navigation.
[Perhaps akin to
A large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately.
[Slang, U. S.]“A whole raft of folks.”
W. D. Howells.
A bridge whose points of support are rafts.
A bridge that consists of floating timbers fastened together.–
[The name alludes to its swimming in dense flocks.]
The bluebill, or greater scaup duck; – called also
flock duck. See
a large, square port in a vessel’s side for loading or unloading timber or other bulky articles; a timber or lumber port.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To transport on a raft, or in the form of a raft; to make into a raft;
Webster 1828 Edition
An assemblage of boards, planks or pieces of timber fastened together horizontally and floated down a stream; a float.
Torn; rent; severed. Obs.