AskDefine | Define waft

Dictionary Definition

waft n : a long flag; often tapering [syn: pennant, pennon, streamer]

Verb

1 be driven or carried along, as by the air; "Sounds wafted into the room"
2 blow gently; "A breeze wafted through the door"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

  • (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

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. to float easily and gently on the air
    • A breeze wafted through the open window and wafted her sensuous perfume to my eager nostrils . . .

Noun

  1. a light breeze
  2. something (a scent or odor), such as a perfume, that is carried through the air
  3. a flag, (also called a waif or wheft), used to indicate wind direction or, with a knot tied in the center, as a signal

Extensive Definition

Wafte is a term meaning to carry along gently as through the air. The term is commonly used to describe scents that have diffused in to other parts of a room, or to describe smoke as being seen moving through the air.
In chemistry and other sciences the term is used to describe a method that a person may safely determine what a particular substance smells like. In "wafting" a person takes an open hand with the palm towards the body and moves their arm in a rapid circular manner over the substance so as to lift vapors of the substance towards the nose. This method allows for a lower concentration of vapors to be inhaled and is particularly useful in safely smelling Ammonia, hydrochloric acid and other unpleasant or dangerous chemicals.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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