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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Waft \Waft\, verb (used without an object) To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.

And now the shouts waft near the citadel. --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Waft \Waft\, noun

1. A wave or current of wind. "Everywaft of the air." --Longfellow.

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."

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Waft \Waft\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Wafted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wafting}.] [Prob. originally imp. & p. p. of wave, verb (used with an object) 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

waft

noun

1: a long flag; often tapering [syn: {pennant}, {pennon}, {streamer}, {waft}]

verb

1: be driven or carried along, as by the air; "Sounds wafted into the room"

2: blow gently; "A breeze wafted through the door"


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