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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

waftwɑft, wæft(v.t.)

  1. to carry lightly and smoothly through the air or over water:

    A breeze wafted the music across the lake.

  2. to send or convey lightly:

    wafting kisses across the footlights.

  3. (v.i.)to float or be carried, esp. through the air.

  4. (n.)a sound, odor, etc., faintly perceived.

  5. a wafting motion, as a light current or gust:

    a waft of air.

  6. the act of wafting.

Origin of waft:

1535–45; back formation from late ME waughter armed escort vessel < D or LG wachter watchman


Princeton's WordNet

  1. pennant, pennon, streamer, waft(verb)

    a long flag; often tapering

  2. waft(verb)

    be driven or carried along, as by the air

    "Sounds wafted into the room"

  3. waft(verb)

    blow gently

    "A breeze wafted through the door"


  1. waft(Noun)

    A light breeze.

  2. waft(Noun)

    Something (a scent or odor), such as a perfume, that is carried through the air.

  3. waft(Noun)

    A flag, (also called a waif or wheft), used to indicate wind direction or, with a knot tied in the center, as a signal.

  4. waft(Verb)

    to cause to float easily or gently through the air

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waft(verb)

    to give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon

  2. Waft(verb)

    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; as, a balloon was wafted over the channel

  3. Waft(verb)

    to cause to float; to keep from sinking; to buoy

  4. Waft(verb)

    to be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float

  5. Waft(noun)

    a wave or current of wind

  6. Waft(noun)

    a signal made by waving something, as a flag, in the air

  7. Waft(noun)

    an unpleasant flavor

  8. Waft(noun)

    a knot, or stop, in the middle of a flag


  1. Waft

    Waft is a term meaning to "carry along gently as through the air." The term is commonly used to describe scents that have diffused into other parts of a room, or to describe smoke as being seen moving through the air. Wafting may be used for everyday substances, to make sure they are fresh, or consumable. In chemistry and other sciences, it is a term of laboratory safety. In "wafting" a person takes an open hand with the palm towards the body and moves their arm in a rapid circular manner over the substance so as to lift vapors of the substance towards the nose. This method allows for a lower concentration of vapors to be inhaled and is particularly useful in safely smelling ammonia, hydrochloric acid, and other dangerous or unpleasant chemicals. Rolls-Royce popularised the term as a description of ride quality.


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