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black-water rafting
life raft
▪ There will be a whole raft of changes that come with the change in network structure.
▪ Putting together some of the best minds of the times unleashed a whole raft of new work.
▪ We polled whole rafts of them to get their comments on our birthday.
▪ Businesses would lose a whole raft of deductions, including those for employee benefits such as health care.
▪ It also creates a whole raft of sub-directories for the various additions you may, or may not, have bought!
▪ His 60-foot bamboo raft will have a crew of five or six people.
▪ The same was true of our bamboo raft.
▪ But the bamboo raft ploughed forward smoothly.
▪ But they were not looking out for a small, insignificant speck of a slow-moving bamboo raft.
▪ At seventy-five feet Sea Dragon had been larger than Hsu Fu and a much more substantial vessel than a flimsy bamboo raft.
▪ After a few days on shore I had forgotten just how flexible was our bamboo raft.
▪ In short, he was ideally suited for long-distance sailing on an increasingly waterlogged bamboo raft.
▪ It would only test whether the bamboo raft could have been a vehicle for such contact.
▪ As soon as his life raft boomed into the sea, Delaney pulled the quick release tag and dropped from his harness.
▪ She is the person most centered on the child since the moment he held on to her like another life raft.
▪ He greeted Collingridge's downfall like a drowning man discovers a life raft.
▪ Men who hold tenaciously to a life raft may expect to he cast upon strange shores among strange companions.
▪ For McKenzie, the tide had turned again and he watched helplessly as his life raft drifted back over the horizon.
▪ In the middle of the store, dangling by nylon wires from the ceiling, was an orange rubber life raft.
▪ Finally one end of the hawser was fastened to the bank, and the makeshift life raft was dispatched.
▪ The cabin is gouged open, spilling out wooden crates, twisted pieces of metal, a blown-up life raft.
▪ On November 12 is a sponsored raft race on the Mersey.
▪ Read in studio Eight hundred competitors will be taking to the water this weekend for the annual River Wye raft race.
▪ Countdown to great Wye raft race.
▪ When I was still very young I built myself a raft from old planks and oil-drums.
▪ If I built the raft with infected bamboo the vessel would turn to powder within weeks.
▪ The houses had been built on a concrete raft on an infilled site.
▪ They were the work crew Mr Khiem had assigned to build the test raft.
▪ Everyone was noticeably quieter, each man thinking about the chances of whether we would be forced to leave the raft.
▪ He must have understood what was being discussed, but he gave no sign that he really wanted to leave the raft.
▪ To stay on Hsu Fu or to leave the raft should be a decision reviewed on a daily basis.
▪ Five minutes later we were sailing through rafts of them only feet from the boat.
▪ The horizon was speckled with the triangular sails of literally hundreds of sailing rafts.
▪ But the bamboo sailing rafts needed less than a foot of water to float, and came gliding right into the shallows.
▪ Had he seen any sailing rafts?
▪ Have you seen a sailing raft? they enquired by radio.
▪ Yes, bamboo sailing rafts did still exist at Sam Son.
▪ A raft of foreign-owned firms have built new factories.
▪ Closing a raft of useless federal establishments will get rid of only some 80,000 of them.
▪ He greeted Collingridge's downfall like a drowning man discovers a life raft.
▪ She needed a proper boat, not a raft.
▪ The raft is built and on its way.
▪ The waves which lapped over the stern of the raft were our waste-disposal system.
▪ When the raft bumped on the sand, the fishermen could step ashore only knee deep in the water.
▪ When you move abroad you face a raft of financial decisions, including which type of bank account to open.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.


Raft \Raft\ (r[.a]ft), obs. imp. & p. p. of Reave.


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.

    1. A bridge whose points of support are rafts.

    2. A bridge that consists of floating timbers fastened together. Raft duck. [The name alludes to its swimming in dense flocks.] (Zo["o]l.)

      1. The bluebill, or greater scaup duck; -- called also flock duck. See Scaup.

      2. 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.


Reave \Reave\ (r[=e]v), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reaved (r[=e]vd), Reft (r[e^]ft), or Raft (r[.a]ft) (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]ub[=o]n to despoil, L. rumpere to break; cf. Skr. lup to break. [root]114. Cf. Bereave, Rob, v. t., Robe, Rove, v. i., Rupture.] To take away by violence or by stealth; to snatch away; to rob; to despoil; to bereave. [Archaic]. ``To reave his life.''

He golden apples raft of the dragon.

If the wooers reave By privy stratagem my life at home.

To reave the orphan of his patrimony.

The heathen caught and reft him of his tongue.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"floating platform," late 15c., originally "rafter" (c.1300), from a Scandinavian source such as 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 (compare raffish, riffraff); form and sense associated with raft (n.1).


1680s, from raft (n.1). Related: Rafted; rafting.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A flat structure made of planks, barrels etc., that floats on water, and is used for transport, emergency or a platform for swimmers. 2 A flat-bottomed inflatable craft for floating or drifting on water. 3 A thick crowd of seabirds or sea mammals. 4 (context US English) A collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. which obstructs navigation in a river. 5 (context slang informal English) A large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately. vb. 1 (context transitive English) to convey on a raft 2 (context transitive English) to make into a raft 3 (context intransitive English) to travel by raft Etymology 2

n. A large (but unspecified) number, a lot. Etymology 3

vb. (en-pastreave)

  1. v. 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"

  1. n. 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"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "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]


A raft is any flat structure for support or transportation over water. It is the most basic of boat design, characterized by the absence of a hull. Although there are cross-over boat types that blur this definition, rafts are usually kept afloat by using any combination of buoyant materials such as wood, sealed barrels, or inflated air chambers (such as pontoons), and are typically not propelled by an engine.

Raft (novel)

Raft is a 1991 hard science fiction book by author Stephen Baxter. Raft is both Baxter's first novel and first book in the Xeelee Sequence, although the Xeelee are not present. Raft was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1992.

Raft (band)

Raft is a French pop band active in the 1980s, most notable for their 1987 hit single, "Yaka dansé (l'arborigène)".

Raft (disambiguation)

Raft may refer to:

  • Raft, a flat floating structure for travel over water
  • RAFT (chemistry), reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer
  • Raft (computer science), a distributed consensus protocol
  • The Raft (comics), a fictional prison facility in the Marvel Universe
  • Raft, a Stephen Baxter science fiction novel
  • "The Raft," a Stephen King horror short story
  • Raft spider, a European spider of the family Pisauridae

Raft, as a person, may refer to:

  • George Raft (1895–1980), an American film actor
  • Raft (band), a French band

Raft, as a location, may refer to:

  • Great Raft, a gigantic log jam in the Red River, Louisiana, United States – or a log jam in other rivers
  • Raft Island, a private island in Pierce County, Washington, U.S.
  • Raft River, a river that flows from Utah to Idaho in the U.S.
  • The Raft, a fictional refugee flotilla in the Neal Stephenson novel Snow Crash

Raft may also refer to:

  • Floating raft system, a type of foundation
  • Lipid raft, a cholesterol-enriched microdomain in cell membranes
  • Rafting, recreational activity utilizing a raft
  • Timber rafting, a log transportation method
  • Remote Area Firefighting Team (RAFT), firefighting specialists
  • Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), a nonprofit organization supplying materials and ideas to teachers
Raft (computer science)

Raft is a consensus algorithm designed as an alternative to Paxos. It was meant to be more understandable than Paxos by means of separation of logic, but it is also formally proven safe and offers some new features. Raft offers a generic way to distribute a state machine across a cluster of computing systems, ensuring that each node in the cluster agrees upon the same series of state transitions. It has a number of open-source reference implementations, with full-spec implementations in Go, C++, Java, and Scala.

Usage examples of "raft".

At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his two motor-boats slit the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam.

World War II, nothing yet had been discovered any safer than the old quinine and atabrine treatment, and Raft was sifting the jungle lore now to make sure there might not be some truth in the old Indio knowledge, hidden behind masks of devil-worship and magic.

Jorton, Bayle, Halden, Raft - they were the four hooded men who had received rings.

The fishing was good and they built a crude raft on which to float across the daily mound of firewood that Bazil collected along the shore.

Saivite bhajans as they worked at the raft fell slowly behind until they were mere murmurs on the wind, ghostly hints of human presence, felt rather than actually heard.

The light from the ashram lanterns faded gradually, and the sound of the brahmacharyas chanting Saivite bhajans as they worked at the raft fell slowly behind until they were mere murmurs on the wind, ghostly hints of human presence, felt rather than actually heard.

Steaming along came an ocean monitor, a bigger version of the river craft the USA and CSA both used: basically, one battleship turret mounted on a raft.

You take my horse and go to Madison in the interests of the contract, while Bim and I will take your skiff and start down the river in the interests of Winn and the raft.

So how could Winn Caspar, who had only escaped from the island a few minutes before he and Bim made good their own retreat, have reached the same place and joined that raft without attracting attention?

They decided that two of them should stay constantly on board the raft, at least so long as they remained in that locality, and that Bim should also be added to the protective force.

Raelene, how he had spotted her on the island, picked her up, their argument about whether he had stolen the raft, how she had tidied things up, adjusted his bobber -- He snapped back to the moment, spotting a familiar snag.

Felix Borel drifting down the Pichide on a timber raft under the tall clouds that paraded across the greenish sky of Krishna.

They were, says Mr Stephen, and the end was that the men of the island seeing no help was toward, as the ungrate women were all of one mind, made a wherry raft, loaded themselves and their bundles of chattels on shipboard, set all masts erect, manned the yards, sprang their luff, heaved to, spread three sheets in the wind, put her head between wind and water, weighed anchor, ported her helm, ran up the jolly Roger, gave three times three, let the bullgine run, pushed off in their bumboat and put to sea to recover the main of America.

Poor Dooly thought he was abandoned there in the river and lost no time in clambering up the side of the raft back onto the deck.

But then he noticed that the shore off to starboard seemed to be about a mile away and that the raft was rushing along amid occasional clumps of tree trunks.