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,Pope.
And waft a sigh from Indus to the pole.
3. To cause to float; to keep from sinking; to buoy. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
This verb is regular; but waft was formerly somtimes 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.
1. A wave or current of wind. "Everywaft of the air." Longfellow.
In this dire season, oft the whirlwind's wingThomson.
Sweeps up the burden of whole wintry plains
In one wide
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.]
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"age) n. Conveyance on a buoyant medium, as air or water. Shak.
Boats prepared for waftage to and fro.Drayton.
1. One who, or that which, wafts.
O Charon,Beau. & FL.
Thou wafter of the soul to bliss or bane.
2. A boat for passage. Ainsworth.
(Waf"ture) n. The act of waving; a wavelike motion; a waft. R. Browning.
An angry wafture of your hand.Shak.
(Wag) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wagged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wagging.] [OE. waggen; probably of Scand.
origin; cf. Sw. vagga to rock a cradle, vagga cradle, Icel. vagga, Dan. vugge; akin to AS. wagian to
move, wag, wegan to bear, carry, G. & D. bewegen to move, and E. weigh. &radic136. See Weigh.]