• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Raft-dog an iron bar fitted for securing logs in a raft
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. raptr (pron. raftr), a rafter—ráf, ræfr, a roof; cf. Old High Ger. rāfo, a spar.


In literature:

Zip, the big dog, was already swimming out to get the floating stick, and Laddie took his place on the raft, which he had pushed out from shore.
"Six Little Bunkers at Grandma Bell's" by Laura Lee Hope
Under the united propulsion of three men and a large Newfoundland dog, the small raft moved shoreward with no insignificant speed.
"Adrift in the Wilds" by Edward S. Ellis
Durin' the gale all my mates were washed off the raft or died of exposure; only me and my dog left.
"Jarwin and Cuffy" by R.M. Ballantyne
The raft was held for a little by the dog alone, against the waters as they sucked back.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
I told Peter to call him, and beckoned the dog to go towards the raft.
"The Perils and Adventures of Harry Skipwith" by W.H.G. Kingston
Clay heard them saying that the raft was, after all, empty of life except for the dog.
"The River Motor Boat Boys on the Mississippi" by Harry Gordon
She pushed off the raft suddenly, leaving the troubled dog on the bank.
"The Corner House Girls Under Canvas" by Grace Brooks Hill

In news:

Rafting company offers more than hot dogs and beans on gourmet float trips.
Malachy the Pekingese won Best in Show at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club dog show Tuesday, receiving a silver cup, a raft of media appearance, and the promise of breeding fees.
Nevada County Sheriff's Office was contacted last night by a family who had been rafting on the Bear River near the Dog Bar Bridge who said the husband had become separated from the group and could not be found.
A man built a driftwood raft Sunday to rescue his dog from White River but had to summon a rescue team for himself after getting stuck.