waft /ˈwɑft, ˈwæft/
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.”
Waft v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wafted; p. pr. & vb. n. Wafting.]
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.]
Note: ☞ This verb is regular; but waft was formerly som░times used, as by Shakespeare, instead of wafted.
Waft, v. i. To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.
And now the shouts waft near the citadel. --Dryden.
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"