Pronunciation: (raft, räft),[key] —n. 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.
—v.t. 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.
—v.i. 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.