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pennant, pennon, streamer, waftverb
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
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
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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
Etymology: [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.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
[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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The numerical value of waft in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of waft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of waft in a Sentence
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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