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- Back-formation from wafter (armed convoy ship), alteration of Middle English waughter, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter (a guard), from wachten (to guard)
- the current usage derives from the sense 'carried by water'. See waif
- (ergative) to cause to float easily or gently through the air
- A breeze came in through the open window and wafted her sensuous perfume into my eager nostrils.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Chapter 13
- Through the open window of the church the fragrant incense was wafted and with it the fragrant names of her who was conceived without stain of original sin…
- 1914, Hugh G. Evelyn-White’s translation of Hymn to Aphrodite from the Homeric Hymns.
- There the moist breath of the western wind wafted her over the waves of the loud-moaning sea in soft foam, and there the gold-filleted Hours welcomed her joyously.
- (intransitive) To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.
- And now the shouts waft near the citadel.
- To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon.
- But soft: who wafts us yonder?
to float easily and gently on the air
waft (plural wafts)
- A light breeze.
- Something (a scent or odor), such as a perfume, that is carried through the air.
- 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
- 2010 September, "The SLM Calendar", St. Louis magazine, ISSN 1090-5723, volume 16, issue 9, page 170:
- Patrol Magazine says of this Oxford, Miss., band: "Guitars are responsible for every noise in Colour Revolt's mix—not a single note of piano, waft of synthesizer, or evidence of electronic tampering are to be found. […] "
- (nautical) A flag, (also called a waif or wheft), used to indicate wind direction or, with a knot tied in the center, as a signal.