Hypertext Webster Gateway: "waft"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Waft \Waft\, v. i.
To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Waft \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Waft \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.''

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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