Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large, usually unpartitioned floor over a factory, warehouse, or other commercial or industrial space.
  • n. Such a floor converted into an apartment or artist's studio.
  • n. An open space under a roof; an attic or garret.
  • n. A gallery or balcony, as in a church.
  • n. A hayloft.
  • n. Sports The backward slant of the face of a golf club head, designed to drive the ball in a high arc.
  • n. Sports A golf stroke that drives the ball in a high arc.
  • n. Sports The upward course of a ball driven in a high arc.
  • n. The thickness of a fabric or yarn.
  • n. The thickness of an item, such as a down comforter, that is filled with compressible insulating material.
  • transitive v. To put, store, or keep in a loft.
  • transitive v. To propel in a high arc: lofted the ball into the outfield.
  • transitive v. Nautical To lay out a full-size drawing of (the parts of a ship's hull, for example).
  • intransitive v. To propel something, especially a ball, in a high arc.
  • intransitive v. To rise high into the air.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. air, the air; the sky, the heavens.
  • n. An attic or similar space (often used for storage) in the roof of a house or other building.
  • n. The thickness of a soft object when not under pressure.
  • v. To propel high into the air.
  • v. To throw the ball erroneously through the air instead of releasing it on the lane's surface.
  • adj. lofty; proud; haughty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is lifted up; an elevation.
  • n. The room or space under a roof and above the ceiling of the uppermost story.
  • n. A gallery or raised apartment in a church, hall, etc..
  • n. A floor or room placed above another; a story.
  • n. Pitch or slope of the face of a club (tending to drive the ball upward).
  • adj. Lofty; proud.
  • transitive v. To make or furnish with a loft; to cause to have loft.
  • v. To raise aloft; to send into the air

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The air; the sky: same as lift. See on loft (below), aloft.
  • n. A room or space between a ceiling or flooring and the roof immediately above it; the space below and between the rafters; a garret.
  • n. A floor or room above another or others; an upper story; especially, in the United States, one of the upper stories of a warehouse or other mercantile building, or of a factory.
  • n. A gallery or an elevated apartment within a larger apartment, as in a church, hall, barn, etc.: as, an organ-loft; a hay-loft.
  • To furnish with a loft.
  • n. A pigeon-house.
  • n. The flock of pigeons kept in it.
  • To lift; in golf, to play (the ball) into the air in making a stroke.
  • n. In golf: The act of lofting.
  • n. The stroke so made.
  • n. The degree of slope from the vertical of the face of a club.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lay out a full-scale working drawing of the lines of a vessel's hull
  • n. (golf) the backward slant on the head of some golf clubs that is designed to drive the ball high in the air
  • v. kick or strike high in the air
  • n. floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
  • v. propel through the air
  • n. floor consisting of a large unpartitioned space over a factory or warehouse or other commercial space
  • v. store in a loft
  • n. a raised shelter in which pigeons are kept

Etymologies

Middle English, sky, upstairs room, from Old English, air, from Old Norse lopt, upstairs room, sky, air.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English lofte ("air, sky, upper region, loft"), from Old English loft, of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse lopt ("upper chamber, attic, region of sky, air"), from Proto-Germanic *luftuz (“air, sky”). Akin to Old High German luft "air" (German Luft), Old English lyft ("air"). More at lift, aloft. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Located in the Spears Building on West 22nd Street, the loft is approximately 3,600 sq. feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

    Dixie Chick Natalie Maines Buys New West Chelsea Loft

  • The room has a loft that leads to the bedrooms on the new second floor, and underneath the loft is the family homeschool area.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • The first location was down near Wall Street, in what they call a loft, and we were divided in sections that did different parts of the process.

    Oral History Interview with Lucy Somerville Howorth, June 20, 22, and 23, 1975. Interview G-0028. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • In the '70s, Mr. Rivers ran Studio Rivbea, a downtown Manhattan performance space that hosted some of the most vibrant new jazz of the decade; it was a cornerstone of what was known as the loft jazz scene.

    Big-Band Sounds—Of the 1970s

  • The sinuosity of the loft is taken back by the upside-down cones that, I suspended as stalactites, they channel downward the light

    Coni Rovesci by Duilio Damilano

  • From carefully selected materials like ipe wood and Cor-Ten steel green systems like radiant heating and fluorescent lighting, this modern loft is both thoughtful and homey.

    2007 October | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

  • By some definitions, every new loft is indeed a fake — whether constructed from the ground up, rehabbed as a calculated real-estate development rather than a spontaneous personal reuse of found space, or occupied by investment bankers instead of artists.

    Lofty Ambitions

  • A rough industrial space with concrete floors and few interior walls — a common real-estate definition of an “authentic loft” — may seem less authentic than a newly built loft if the old building has small windows and low ceilings while the new loft is bright and spacious.

    Lofty Ambitions

  • Restoration on the extraordinary altarpieces, walls and paintings, and the original organ still in the choir loft, is still underway.

    Queretaro: cultural mecca with colonial charm

  • The Secret Diary of Anne Frank, aged 13 3/4 Anne hides in a loft from the Nazis, while sneaking a crafty look at Big and Bouncy.

    Archive 2004-04-01

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