AskDefine | Define rafts

Dictionary Definition

rafts n : a large number or amount; "made lots of new friends"; "she amassed a mountain of newspapers" [syn: tons, dozens, heaps, lots, mountain, piles, scores, stacks, loads, slews, wads, oodles, gobs, scads, lashings]

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  1. Plural of raft


  1. third-person singular of raft

Extensive Definition

A raft is any flat floating structure for travel over water. It is the most basic of boat design, characterized by the absence of a hull. Instead, rafts are kept afloat using any combination of buoyant materials such as wood, sealed barrels, or inflated air chambers. Traditional or primitive rafts are constructed of wood or reeds. Modern rafts may also use pontoons, drums, or extruded polystyrene blocks. Inflatable rafts use durable, multi-layered rubberized fabrics. Depending on its use and size, it may have a superstructure, masts, or rudders.
Timber rafting is used by the logging industry for the transportation of logs, by tying them together into rafts, and drifting or pulling them down a river. This method was very common up until the middle of the 20th century but is now used only rarely.
The type of raft used for recreational rafting is almost exclusively an inflatable boat, manufactured of flexible materials for use on whitewater.
rafts in Guarani: Ygape
rafts in Bengali: ভেলা
rafts in Bulgarian: Сал
rafts in Czech: Vor
rafts in German: Floß
rafts in Spanish: Balsa (embarcación)
rafts in Esperanto: Floso
rafts in French: Radeau
rafts in Indonesian: Rakit
rafts in Hebrew: רפסודה
rafts in Macedonian: Сплав
rafts in Dutch: Vlot
rafts in Japanese: ラフト
rafts in Polish: Tratwa
rafts in Slovak: Plť
rafts in Swedish: Flotte
rafts in Ukrainian: Пліт (плавзасіб)
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