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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pennant, pennon, streamer, waftverb

    a long flag; often tapering

  2. waftverb

    be driven or carried along, as by the air

    "Sounds wafted into the room"

  3. waftverb

    blow gently

    "A breeze wafted through the door"


  1. waftnoun

    A light breeze.

  2. waftnoun

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

  3. waftnoun

    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. waftverb

    to cause to float easily or gently through the air

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Waftnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    From the bellowing east oft the whirlwind’s wing
    Sweeps up the burthen of whole wintry plains,
    In one wide waft. James Thomson, Winter.

  2. To Waftverb

    Etymology: probably from wave.

    A braver choice of dauntless spirits,
    Than now the English bottoms have waft o’er,
    Did never float upon the swelling tide. William Shakespeare.

    Our high admiral
    Shall waft them over with our royal fleet. William Shakespeare.

    Whether cripples, who have lost their thighs, will not sink but float; their lungs being able to waft up their bodies, which are in others overpoised by the hinder legs, we have not made experiment. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Nor dares his transport-vessel cross the waves,
    With such whose bones are not compos’d in graves:
    A hundred years they wander on the shore;
    At length, their penance done, are wafted o’er. Dryden.

    Lend to this wretch your hand, and waft him o’er
    To the sweet banks of yon forbidden shore. Dryden.

    From hence might first spring that opinion of the vehicles of spirits; the vulgar conceiving that the breath was that wherein the soul was wafted and carried away. John Ray.

    They before wafted over their troops into Sicily in open vessels. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    In vain you tell your parting lover,
    You wish fair winds may waft him over:
    Alas! what winds can happy prove,
    That bear me far from what I love? Matthew Prior.

    Speed the soft intercourse from soul to soul,
    And waft a sigh from Indus to the pole. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Waftverb

    To float.

    It wafted nearer yet, and then she knew,
    That what before she but surmis’d, was true. Dryden.

    Those trumpets his triumphant entry tell,
    And now the shouts waft near the citadel. Dryden.


  1. WAFT

    WAFT is a Christian radio station licensed to Valdosta, Georgia, broadcasting on 101.1 MHz FM. The station serves the areas of Valdosta, Georgia, Thomasville, Georgia, and Moultrie, Georgia, as well as Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton Counties in Florida. WAFT is owned by Christian Radio Fellowship, Inc.WAFT airs a variety of Christian Talk and Teaching programs as well as Christian music. Programs heard on WAFT include; Grace to You with John MacArthur, Revive our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll, Love Worth Finding with Adrian Rogers, In Touch with Charles Stanley, Turning Point with David Jeremiah, Truth for Life with Alistair Begg, Focus on the Family, and Joni and Friends.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waftverb

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

  2. Waftverb

    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. Waftverb

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

  4. Waftverb

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

  5. Waftnoun

    a wave or current of wind

  6. Waftnoun

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

  7. Waftnoun

    an unpleasant flavor

  8. Waftnoun

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

  9. Etymology: [Prob. originally imp. & p. p. of wave, v. t. See Wave to waver.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Waft

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. waft

    [said to be from the Anglo-Saxon weft], more correctly writtenwheft. It is any flag or ensign, stopped together at the head andmiddle portions, slightly rolled up lengthwise, and hoisted at differentpositions at the after-part of a ship. Thus, at the ensign-staff, itsignifies that a man has fallen overboard; if no ensign-staff exists,then half-way up the peak. At the peak, it signifies a wish to speak; atthe mast-head, recalls boats; or as the commander-in-chief or particularcaptain may direct.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of waft in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of waft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of waft in a Sentence

  1. Sanskrit Proverb:

    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.

  2. Omar Khayyam:

    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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