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 (wäft, wăft)
v. waft·ed, waft·ing, wafts
To cause to go gently and smoothly through the air or over water: The breeze wafted the fog through the fields.
To float easily and gently, as on the air; drift: The smell of soup wafted from the kitchen.
1. Something, such as an odor, that is carried through the air: a waft of perfume.
2. A light breeze; a rush of air: felt the waft of the sea breeze.
3. The act or action of fluttering or waving: the waft of her dress.
4. Nautical A flag used for signaling or indicating wind direction. Also called waif2.

[Back-formation from wafter, convoy ship, alteration of Middle English waughter, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter, a guard, from wachten, to guard; see weg- in Indo-European roots.]

waft′er n.


(ˈwɑːftə; ˈwɒf-)
(Mechanical Engineering) a device that causes a draught
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