from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A fine cotton fabric of Oriental manufacture; especially, a plain muslin, of which the Surat manufacture is said to be the best.
- Behind; in the rear; nautical, abaft.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Same as
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The cloth being again wrung hard, is returned into the pot; and this dipping is repeated four times every day for the first four days; at the end of which period it has in common acquired a blue colour equal to the finest India baft.
At the same time Islamic weavers struggled to produce not the heavy burkhas now worn by their Wahhabi-influenced successors, but ever more transparent and revealing cholis, or blouses, with weaves of wondrous lightness named baft hawa (woven air), ab-e-rawan (running water), and shabnam (evening dew).
To his first valet one pagne, worth one piece of baft; to his goldsmith four pagnes; to the
We came to before Carmasse, and gave the Chief one piece of baft.
Early this morning purchased an ass for a pistol, a baft, and a Mandingo cloth.
If you speak of a good pistol or sword, or piece of scarlet or baft, or beads or gunpowder, who made them? the white people.
I was sent on shore the next morning with a musket and a sabre, to carry to the chief of the village, also with three pieces of white baft for distribution.
Indian baft, or ten bars of scarlet, which he preferred.
I gave him half a piece of fine white baft, five bottles of powder, two looking-glasses, and two snuff-boxes.
I went to that prince, and gave him half a piece of white baft, and two grains of amber No. 1.