Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Armed convoy or escort ship
  • n. An agent of the Crown with responsibility for protecting specific maritime activities, such as shipping or fishing.
  • n. One who, or that which, wafts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, wafts.
  • n. A boat for passage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which wafts.
  • n. A boat for passage or transport.
  • n. The master of a passage-boat or transport.
  • n. A sword having the flat part placed in the usual direction of the edge, blunted for exercises.

Etymologies

Alteration of Middle English waughter, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter (a guard), from wachten (to guard) (Wiktionary)
waft +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • BTW, trollegt, I will come down wafter you agree to the debate I laid out above and the money is deposited into an agreed account.

    A New Book

  • Salaman bowed and went his way, and I took up a palm-leaf fan, and began to use it, not as a wafter of cool wind, but as a screen to hide my face when I spoke to Dost, and from behind which I could keep an eye on the tents, and see when any one was coming.

    Gil the Gunner The Youngest Officer in the East

  • "And she carries herself like a wafter on the river," said the bargeman.

    Windsor Castle

  • O Charon! the wafter of all souls to bliss or bane!

    The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2

  • In total the pair had put on 156 runs for the second wicket, snuffing out New Zealand's already wafter thin hopes of winning the Test and preventing the tourists winning their first series in New Zealand since 1968.

    Channel NewsAsia Front Page News

  • The howler, the wafter, and the snooze-inducer ...

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • - If Apple's Macbook Air is the poster-child for "form-over-function," and Lenovo's X300 its utilitarian cousin, Samsung's X360 falls somewhere in between on the 13. 3-inch wafter-thin ultraportable family tree, serving as another solid, though somewhat underwhelming choice according to TrustedReviews 'full write-up.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • The queen herself was in her own barge, close to that of the lord mayor; and in keeping with the fantastic genius of the time, she was preceded up the water by "a foyst or wafter full or ordnance, in which was a great dragon continually moving and casting wildfire, and round about the foyst stood terrible monsters and wild men, casting fire and making hideous noise." [

    The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)

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