raftsman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n raftsman someone who travels by raft
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Raftsman A man engaged in rafting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n raftsman A man employed in the management of a raft.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Raftsman one who guides a raft
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. raptr (pron. raftr), a rafter—ráf, ræfr, a roof; cf. Old High Ger. rāfo, a spar.

Usage

In literature:

It took a good raftsman to get a raft over the Falls.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
As far as I can learn, he was formerly a raftsman.
"The History and Records of the Elephant Club" by Knight Russ Ockside and Q. K. Philander Doesticks
However, Antonio proved a most expert raftsman, being almost amphibious and smart as any eel.
"The Log of a Sea-Waif" by Frank T. Bullen
I thought a raftsman ought to know that the proper time to raft is when the flood is falling, not rising.
"Ande Trembath" by Matthew Stanley Kemp
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