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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"

Wiktionary

  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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waftverb

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

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

  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

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

  3. Waftverb

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

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

  4. Waftverb

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

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

  5. Waftnoun

    a wave or current of wind

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

  6. Waftnoun

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

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

  7. Waftnoun

    an unpleasant flavor

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

  8. Waftnoun

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

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. 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.

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