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|Origin:||raptr 'large piece of wood, rafter'|
|Origin:||raff 'mixture of things' (17-19 centuries), influenced by RAFT1|
a flat floating structure, usually made of pieces of wood tied together, used as a boat
a large number of things:
The company has launched a whole raft of new software products.
a flat floating structure that you can sit on, jump from etc when you are swimming
a small flat rubber boat filled with air, used for example if a boat sinks