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R'AFT, n. [Gr. to sew that is, to fasten together, and allied to reeve; or Gr. whence a flooring. See Rafter and Roof.]

An assemblage of boards, planks or pieces of timber fastened together horizontally and floated down a stream; a float.

R'AFT, pp. [L. rapio; bereafian, to snatch away, to bereave.]

Torn; rent; severed. Obs.



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R'AFT, n. [Gr. to sew that is, to fasten together, and allied to reeve; or Gr. whence a flooring. See Rafter and Roof.]

An assemblage of boards, planks or pieces of timber fastened together horizontally and floated down a stream; a float.

R'AFT, pp. [L. rapio; bereafian, to snatch away, to bereave.]

Torn; rent; severed. Obs.

RAFT, n. [in Dan. raft is a rack for hay; in Sax. reafian is the L. rapio; qu. from floating, sweeping along, or Gr. ῥαπτω to sew, that is, to fasten together, and allied to reeve; or Gr. ερεφω whence οροφη, a flooring. See Rafter and Roof.]

An assemblage of boards, planks or pieces of timber fastened together horizontally and floated down a stream; a float. – Shak. Pope.


RAFT, pp. [Sax. reafian, to seize, L. rapio; bereafian, to snatch away, to bereave.]

Torn; rent; severed. [Obs.] – Spenser.


RAFT, v.t.

To transport on a raft.


Raft
  1. imp. *** p. p. of Reave.

    Spenser.
  2. 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.
  3. To transport on a raft, or in the form of a raft] to make into a raft; as, to raft timber.
  4. A collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. (such as is formed in some Western rivers of the United States), which obstructs navigation.

    [U.S.]
  5. A large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately.

    [Slang, U. S.] "A whole raft of folks." W. D. Howells.

    Raft bridge. (a) A bridge whose points of support are rafts. (b) A bridge that consists of floating timbers fastened together. -- Raft duck. [The name alludes to its swimming in dense flocks.] (Zoöl.) (a) The bluebill, or greater scaup duck; -- called also flock duck. See Scaup. (b) 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.

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Raft

R'AFT, noun [Gr. to sew that is, to fasten together, and allied to reeve; or Gr. whence a flooring. See Rafter and Roof.]

An assemblage of boards, planks or pieces of timber fastened together horizontally and floated down a stream; a float.

R'AFT, participle passive [Latin rapio; bereafian, to snatch away, to bereave.]

Torn; rent; severed. obsolete

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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wing

WING, n.

1. The limb of a fowl by which it flies. In a few species of fowls, the wings do not enable them to fly; as is the case with the dodo, ostrich, great auk, and penguin; but in the two former, the wings assist the fowls in running.

2. The limb of an insect by which it flies.

3. In botany, the side petal of a papilionaceous corol; also, an appendage of seeds, by means of which they are wafted in the air and scattered; also, any membranous or leafy dilatation of a footstalk, or of the angles of a stem, branch or flower stalk, or of a calyx.

4. Flight; passage by the wind; as, to be on the wind; to take wing.

5. Means of flying; acceleration. Fear adds wings to flight.

6. Motive or incitement of flight.

Then fiery expedition be my wing.

7. The flank or extreme body or part of an army.

8. Any side-piece.

9. In gardening, a side-shoot.

10. In architecture, a side-building, less than the main edifice.

11. In fortification, the longer sides of hornworks, crown-works, &c.

12. In a fleet, the ships on the extremities, when ranged in a line, or when forming the two sides of a triangle.

13. In a ship, the wings are those parts of the hold and orlop deck, which are nearest the sides.

14. In Scripture, protection; generally in the plural. Psalm 63. Exodus 19.

On the wings of the wind, with the utmost velocity. Psalm 18.

WING, v.t.

1. To furnish with wings; to enable to fly or to move with celerity.

Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the storms.

2. To supply with side bodies; as on either side well winged.

3. To transport by flight.

I, an old turtle, will wing me to some witherd bough.

Edge the keen sword, and wing th unerring ball.

To wing a flight, to exert the power of flying.

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