Hypertext Webster Gateway: "wafted"

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.


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