pennant, pennon, streamer, waft(verb)
a long flag; often tapering
be driven or carried along, as by the air
"Sounds wafted into the room"
"A breeze wafted through the door"
A light breeze.
Something (a scent or odor), such as a perfume, that is carried through the air.
A flag, (also called a waif or wheft), used to indicate wind direction or, with a knot tied in the center, as a signal.
to cause to float easily or gently through the air
to give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon
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
to cause to float; to keep from sinking; to buoy
to be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float
a wave or current of wind
a signal made by waving something, as a flag, in the air
an unpleasant flavor
a knot, or stop, in the middle of a flag
Origin: [Prob. originally imp. & p. p. of wave, v. t. See Wave to waver.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
waft, v.t. to bear through a fluid medium, as air or water: (Shak.) to wave the hand, beckon, to turn.—v.i. to float.—n. a floating body: a signal made by moving something in the air, esp. an ensign, stopped together at the head and middle portions, slightly rolled up lengthwise, and hoisted at different positions at the after-part of a ship: a breath, puff, slight odour.—ns. Waf′tāge, act of wafting, transportation in air or water; Waf′ter, one who or that which wafts; Waf′tūre (Shak.), act of wafting or of waving, waving motion, beckoning. [Wave.]
The numerical value of waft in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of waft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
As far and wide the vernal breeze Sweet odours waft from blooming trees, So, too, the grateful savour spreads To distant lands of virtuous deeds.
Pagodas are, like mosques, true houses of prayer; ?Tis prayer that church bells waft upon the air; Kaaba and temple, rosary and cross, All are but divers tongues of world-wide prayer.
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