American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to go gently and smoothly through the air or over water.
- v. To convey or send floating through the air or over water.
- v. To float easily and gently, as on the air; drift: "It was a heat that wafted from streets, rolled between buildings and settled over sidewalks” ( Sarah Lyall).
- n. Something, such as an odor, that is carried through the air.
- n. A light breeze; a rush of air.
- n. The act of fluttering or waving.
- n. Nautical A flag used for signaling or indicating wind direction. Also called waif2.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be moved or to pass in a buoyant medium; float.
- To bear through a fluid or buoyant medium; convey through or as through water or air.
- To buoy up; cause to float; keep from sinking.
- To give notice by something in motion; signal to, as by waving the hand; beckon.
- To cast lightly and quickly; turn.
- n. The act of one who or that which wafts; a sweep; a beckoning. Also spelled weft.
- n. That which is blown; a breath; a blast; a puff.
- n. A transient odor or effluvium.
- n. Nautical, a signal displayed from a ship by hoisting a flag rolled up length wise with one or more stops. Before the establishment of a universal system of signals, a waft at the flagstaff signified a man overboard, at the peak it indicated a wish to speak, and at a masthead it was used to recall boats. Also dialectally weft and erroneously wheft.
- v. ergative to cause to float easily or gently through the air
- n. A light breeze.
- n. Something (a scent or odor), such as a perfume, that is carried through the air.
- n. nautical A flag, (also called a waif or wheft), used to indicate wind direction or, with a knot tied in the center, as a signal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon.
- v. To cause to move or go in a wavy manner, or by the impulse of waves, as of water or air; to bear along on a buoyant medium.
- v. obsolete To cause to float; to keep from sinking; to buoy.
- v. To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.
- n. A wave or current of wind.
- n. A signal made by waving something, as a flag, in the air.
- n. obsolete An unpleasant flavor.
- n. (Naut.) A knot, or stop, in the middle of a flag.
- n. a long flag; often tapering
- v. be driven or carried along, as by the air
- v. blow gently
- Back-formation from wafter, convoy ship, alteration of Middle English waughter, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter, a guard, from wachten, to guard. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And for Social Services, the idea of leaving a child with a family to allow it to be beaten to a pulp is far preferable than the idea that smoke may waft from the back garden, through my lounge and up to the bedrooms.”
“If we have enjoyed the moonlight in pleasant scenes, in happy hours, with friends that we loved, – though the sight of it may not always make us directly remember them, yet it brings with it a waft from the feeling of the old times, – sweet as long as life lasts!”
“It's funny how those thoughts kind of waft into your head.”
“Every one remembers how George Fox saw a "waft" of death go out against Oliver Cromwell when he met him riding at Hampton Court the day before he was prostrated with his fatal illness.”
“There came in with the man a kind of waft of the sea as he threw off his great-coat and clattered his cutlass in a corner -- a fine figure of”
“With the palm of your hand facing upwards, and holding a tidbit between your first three fingers and thumb, 'waft' the tidbit in front of the dog's nose, then straight up about three inches directly above his nose, and hold it there.”
“..thus 'waft' is nonplussedly introduced into the daily cycling lexicon...”
“We let the smoke waft around us, fanning it with an eagle feather.”
“Fat Patty sniffs the delicate waft of peat and sidles over, proffering a grope in exchange for a few wet-lipped swigs.”
“Nan leaned back and pushed herself against the wooden booth, wishing she could pass through it like a ghost and waft out of the bar and into the safety of the fading afternoon.”
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