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waft

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v waft be driven or carried along, as by the air "Sounds wafted into the room"
    • v waft blow gently "A breeze wafted through the door"
    • n waft a long flag; often tapering
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Waft (Naut) A knot, or stop, in the middle of a flag.
    • Waft A signal made by waving something, as a flag, in the air.
    • Waft A wave or current of wind. "Every waft of the air.""In this dire season, oft the whirlwind's wing
      Sweeps up the burden of whole wintry plains
      In one wide waft ."
    • Waft An unpleasant flavor.
    • v. i Waft To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float. "And now the shouts waft near the citadel."
    • Waft To cause to float; to keep from sinking; to buoy.
    • Waft 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.""Speed the soft intercourse from soul to soul,
      And waft a sigh from Indus to the pole."
    • Waft To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon. "But soft: who wafts us yonder?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • waft To be moved or to pass in a buoyant medium; float.
    • waft To bear through a fluid or buoyant medium; convey through or as through water or air.
    • waft To buoy up; cause to float; keep from sinking.
    • waft To give notice by something in motion; signal to, as by waving the hand; beckon.
    • waft To cast lightly and quickly; turn.
    • n waft The act of one who or that which wafts; a sweep; a beckoning. Also spelled weft.
    • n waft That which is blown; a breath; a blast; a puff.
    • n waft A transient odor or effluvium.
    • n waft Nautical, a signal displayed from a ship by hoisting a flag rolled up length wise with one or more stops. Before the establishment of a universal system of signals, a waft at the flagstaff signified a man overboard, at the peak it indicated a wish to speak, and at a masthead it was used to recall boats. Also dialectally weft and erroneously wheft.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Waft waft to bear through a fluid medium, as air or water:
    • v.i Waft to float
    • n Waft 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
    • v.t Waft waft (Shak.) to wave the hand, beckon, to turn
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Quotations

  • Ronald Reagan
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    “Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.”
  • Thomas Campbell
    Thomas Campbell
    “O Star-eyed Science! hast thou wandered there, to waft us home the message of despair?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. originally imp. & p. p. of wave, v. t. See Wave to waver
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Wave.

Usage

In literature:

But hear, ye sons and daughters of liberty, the sounds which the winds are wafting from the western continent.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6" by Samuel Johnson
Gelsomina staggered back, and sought support against the waft.
"The Bravo" by J. Fenimore Cooper
The following morning the packet got under weigh, and a favorable breeze soon wafted them out of sight of their native shores.
"Precaution" by James Fenimore Cooper
A breath of warm, scented air was wafted to his nostrils.
"Three John Silence Stories" by Algernon Blackwood
I noticed, too, a fragrance of flowers wafted on the air from among the homely fruit-trees.
"The Worlds Greatest Books" by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
The air was keen and scented, wafting the smell of the wooded islands that hung about us in the darkening air.
"Three More John Silence Stories" by Algernon Blackwood
In the same instant, there came to me a sudden waft of the awful smell.
"Carnacki, The Ghost Finder" by William Hope Hodgson
The organ was wafting a melody of Purcell to the furthest limits of the Abbey.
"Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days" by Arnold Bennett
A smell of blistering, burning paint was wafted back to the nostrils of Lieut.
"The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise" by Margaret Burnham
But even the prairies of the West are destined to waft their superabundance here.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Yet even in these States we behold the effects of a miasma wafted from the South.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 4 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Yet even in these States we behold the effects of a miasma wafted from the South.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
He who made the streams of time Wafts thee down to weal or woe.
"The Saint's Tragedy" by Charles Kingsley
Neenah, the youngest and prettiest of them all, had wafted kisses to the proud dames above.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
From the head of the column is wafted back a bugle-note, and everything stands.
"Kincaid's Battery" by George W. Cable
When she said she must go, he skipped upstairs for his hat, and wafted the gods their kiss.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
She is pleased to say, care was taken that the Gallants tied the Ladies Legs before they were wafted into the Air.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
A little waft of familiar perfume stole in.
"The Great Prince Shan" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Their only excuse for leaving us was, that they had fallen asleep, during which the breeze had wafted our bark away from them.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume X" by Robert Kerr
Here it is gently wafted by the steady ocean breezes over the land to the east.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
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In poetry:

In airy circles o'er us fly.
Till wafted by a gentle breeze,
They faint and languish by degrees,
And at a distance die.
"An Ode For St. Cecilia's Day" by Joseph Addison
In paradise where breezes blow,
To cool the heart's hot fever,
The pangs and pain He felt below,
Were waft away forever.
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Then nearer did the sunshine creep,
And warmer came the wafting breeze;
The little babe was fast asleep
On mother’s knees.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Who waved a hand, O purest wave?
A hand that blessings bore,
And wafted thee, O whitest wave,
Unto the fairest shore,
Ever -- ever -- evermore?
"Fragments From An Epic Poem" by Abram Joseph Ryan
"Thou stoodest, all bright, as in those dreams,
"As if just wafted from above,
"Mingling earth's warmth with heaven's beams,
"And creature to adore and love.
"The Loves of the Angels" by Thomas Moore
Ah! full many a spirit weary,
You have wooed from paths so dreary,
Wafted them above.
Now they say Old Year, we bless thee,
Raise thy head, we would caress thee
For this home of love.
"Passing Of The Old Year" by Mary Weston Fordham

In news:

About Me Every Sunday afternoon a wonderful aroma wafts about the station.
The instruments draw air directly from the Front Range's wafting brown pancake of pollution about 30 miles north of Denver, at the edge of the latest surge of housing development.
They say chemicals from a nearby recycling plant are wafting into their neighborhood and making them sick.
Keith Scribner's new novel, The Oregon Experiment, opens with a what you might call a beautiful, wafting description of the smell of mint.
Dwight and Tanya Wamboldt get cigarette smoke wafting into their Vancouver condo bedroom window and patio door.
Only memories waft from Hershey headquarters.
A mysterious scent wafted through the air on my first walk through the woods near my new Northern Michigan home.
Sometimes, though, the wind is kind, cooling with wafting breezes a sweat-soaked brow on a hot, humid summer afternoon.
The smell of fresh baked bread still wafted from within the Waterloo Hostess Bakery on Commercial Street through down town Waterloo this morning.
The smell of garlic fries wafted through the interview room, and he wondered where it was coming from.
Harmless traces of radiation from the stricken nuclear complex in Japan have been detected wafting over the East Coast of the United States, European officials said Monday.
The smell of fresh paint wafts through the air at the M.R.
These potpourri balls will add texture, color, and wafting fragrance to the entry or any other room.
There's a new scent wafting through the city and it's coming from a local company.
There's nothing better than some good tunes to accompany the delicious smells of a barbecue wafting through the air.
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In science:

Obviously there is plenty of freedom how to ‘waft’ space through spacetime.
Close encounters of black holes
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