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Below you will find the definition of waft, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a long flag; often tapering
EXAMPLES - Waft in a Sentence
- She could smell his hair, a faint waft of tea-tree oil. (source)
- Ring it forth to toiling men, and waft it over land and sea, (source)
- Almost on cue, the smell of marijuana began to waft on the breeze. (source)
- ..thus 'waft' is nonplussedly introduced into the daily cycling lexicon... (source)
- He could check in, hang Do Not Disturb on the door, and waft off to Alpha Centauri. (source)
- We sprouted the wings of desire by watching birds gain theirs and waft away on the warm gust (source)
- The biggest risk of using it would be that it would waft over and kill something I wanted to keep. (source)
- Then the stone floor clove asunder, and the Purple Adept rose through it, buoyed by a waft of smoke. (source)
- Pesticides, especially when sprayed on bushes and trees, can easily waft onto other neighbors 'lawns. (source)
- The main ingredient of life - water - eventually comes from the cold mists that waft between the stars. (source)
- The freedom to marry has real momentum, but political and legal change will not waft in on inevitability. (source)
- He shut the door briskly, as if the breeze from the door might speed a waft of perfume toward the Other Side. (source)
- Let's hope the sanitation effects waft inside the pathetic halls of Congress, the White House and Supreme Court. (source)
- I lit my pipe and sat back, allowing the heavy smoke to fill my lungs and waft deliciously in the air between us. (source)
- These were full of the last of the foxgloves and the sickly, overpowering waft of the mysterious stinkhorn fungus. (source)
- Fat Patty sniffs the delicate waft of peat and sidles over, proffering a grope in exchange for a few wet-lipped swigs. (source)
- It has a waft of vanilla in the aroma and a grassy, herbal flavor with alingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. (source)
- It was a rare waft of warmth echoed by smiles and nods from the other desks in what was otherwise a cold, unforgiving climate. (source)
- Mo washed his hands, let the smoke waft out of his mouth, nodded back at him, made sure his eyes weren't too red and walked out. (source)
- She pulled back a curtain and opened a window to allow cool air to waft in and a brilliant panel of sunlight to brighten the area. (source)
- My clothes, which are getting more ripped and threadbare by the day, have taken on a distinct waft of sheep's lanolin, muck and diesel. (source)
- The waft of angry chants from the thousands of demonstrators who have taken to the streets can be heard throughout the centre of Athens. (source)
- Japanese hotel rooms often reek of cigarettes; Indian ones, of incense; and in Vegas, there is an unmistakable gonadal waft in some rooms. (source)
- There came in with the man a kind of waft of the sea as he threw off his great-coat and clattered his cutlass in a corner -- a fine figure of (source)
- On more advanced worlds, the news of strangers seemed to waft on the outgoing wind of their descent, and inhabitants made themselves scarce ... (source)
- I can hear her howling after the moon goes down and I'm in our bed holding his cold side and feeling my arm waft through empty space in the air. (source)
- Whooping and cheering and cigarette smoke waft up from the sideline, while grown men and women pump around on bicycles swinging homemade mallets. (source)
- Millions of people will have it in their power to waft this cruel death into the air, where it can feed on a world that has given up its immunity. (source)
- Farther up the East Coast, Schenk enjoys Big Ed's BBQ -- a southern roadhouse on a suburban New Jersey highway, with flavors that waft out the door. (source)
- If the waft that streams from a freshly opened hive is intimate to the point of embarrassment (ask any sensitive beekeeper), so it is with beet pollen. (source)
- When the young woman directly in front of me attempted to adjust her air vent, she lifted her right arm exposing her axilla to the waft of the air nozzle. (source)
- The point of the process is to build a mountain of information, then climb it, sit on the summit crossed-legged, close my eyes, and see what thoughts waft up toward me. (source)
- Nan leaned back and pushed herself against the wooden booth, wishing she could pass through it like a ghost and waft out of the bar and into the safety of the fading afternoon. (source)
- Every one remembers how George Fox saw a "waft" of death go out against Oliver Cromwell when he met him riding at Hampton Court the day before he was prostrated with his fatal illness. (source)
- The chicken biryani, cooked in a pastry-sealed pot, was terrific on the aromatics, the waft of cardamom, clove and turmeric hitting my olfactory bulb before a mouthful met the tongue, though it was a little dry. (source)
- Mohamed, the caretaker, lives on the property and often has to run over to neighbors 'homes to tell them to stop burning refuse or wood the sparks could easily waft over the wall and set Mr. Osae-Addo's house on fire. (source)
- With the palm of your hand facing upwards, and holding a tidbit between your first three fingers and thumb, 'waft' the tidbit in front of the dog's nose, then straight up about three inches directly above his nose, and hold it there. (source)
- < P class = MsoNormal style = "MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" > The part that pissed me off and I had no idea it would be a problem, is like almost any change the change from a smelly gas bag to a graceful waft of pure being takes some time to get used to. (source)
- That turned out to be fanciful thinking as instead I found myself in a warm and cheerful place with assistants hard at work and a kettle on the boil, and if there was a funny smell it was, Polly assured me, just her lamb stew at lunch, not the waft of an odorous beast she'd flayed. (source)
- The nutty, vaguely familiar taste of mustard seed and the earthy smell of curry leaves waft from the fritter, but vada pav approaches perfection because it mingles potent flavors with so many comforting textures: squooshy bread, creamy and slightly lumpy mashed potato and a hint of crunch from the batter. (source)
- So this was the young fellow who had been sent by his father to waft an army across the Aeron and drive Cadwaladr headlong out of North Ceredigion with his castle of Llanbadarn in flames behind him, and had made a most brisk and workmanlike job of it, without, apparently, losing his composure or ruffling his curls. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 67.0, which suggests that "waft" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 9 synonyms for waft.
be carried, bear, blow, convey, drift, float, ride, transmit, transport
We have 3 antonyms for waft.
hold, keep, take
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (wäft, wăft)
View up to 25 definitions of waft from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To cause to go gently and smoothly through the air or over water.
- (verb-transitive) To convey or send floating through the air or over water.
- (verb-intransitive) To float easily and gently, as on the air; drift: "It was a heat that wafted from streets, rolled between buildings and settled over sidewalks” ( Sarah Lyall).
- (noun) Something, such as an odor, that is carried through the air.
- (noun) A light breeze; a rush of air.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) to cause to float easily or gently through the air
- (noun) A light breeze.
- (noun) Something (a scent or odor), such as a perfume, that is carried through the air.
- (noun) A flag, (also called a waif or wheft), used to indicate wind direction or, with a knot tied in the center, as a signal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon.
- (verb-transitive) 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.
- (verb-transitive) To cause to float; to keep from sinking; to buoy.
- (verb-intransitive) To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.
- (noun) A wave or current of wind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To be moved or to pass in a buoyant medium; float.
- (None) To bear through a fluid or buoyant medium; convey through or as through water or air.
- (None) To buoy up; cause to float; keep from sinking.
- (None) To give notice by something in motion; signal to, as by waving the hand; beckon.
- (None) To cast lightly and quickly; turn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a long flag; often tapering
- (verb) be driven or carried along, as by the air
- (verb) blow gently