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Meaning of WAFT

Pronunciation:  waft

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a long flag; often tapering
  2. [v]  be driven or carried along, as by the air; "Sounds wafted into the room"
  3. [v]  blow gently; "A breeze wafted through the door"

WAFT is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: pennant, pennon, streamer
 See Also: be adrift, blow, blow, drift, flag, float, pennoncel, pennoncelle, penoncel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Waft\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wafted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Wafting}.] [Prob. originally imp. & p. p. of wave, v. t. See
    {Wave} to waver.]
    1. To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand
       to; to beckon. [Obs.]
             But soft: who wafts us yonder?        --Shak.
    2. 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.
             A gentle wafting to immortal life.    --Milton.
             Speed the soft intercourse from soul to soul, And
             waft a sigh from Indus to the pole.   --Pope.
    3. To cause to float; to keep from sinking; to buoy. [Obs.]
       --Sir T. Browne.
    Note: This verb is regular; but waft was formerly som?times
          used, as by Shakespeare, instead of wafted.
  2. \Waft\, v. i.
    To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.
          And now the shouts waft near the citadel. --Dryden.
  3. \Waft\, n.
    1. A wave or current of wind. ``Everywaft of the air.''
             In this dire season, oft the whirlwind's wing Sweeps
             up the burden of whole wintry plains In one wide
             waft.                                 --Thomson.
    2. A signal made by waving something, as a flag, in the air.
    3. An unpleasant flavor. [Obs.]
    4. (Naut.) A knot, or stop, in the middle of a flag. [Written
       also {wheft}.]
    Note: A flag with a waft in it, when hoisted at the staff, or
          half way to the gaff, means, a man overboard; at the
          peak, a desire to communicate; at the masthead,
          ``Recall boats.''