waft [wäft, waft]
[back-form. < obs. wafter, convoy < LME waughter < Du wachter, lit., a watcher < wachten, to watch: for IE base see WAKE1]
a) to carry or propel (objects, sounds, odors, etc.) lightly through the air or over water
b) to transport as if in this manner
2. [altered < WAFF1] Obs. to beckon or signal to, as by a wave of the hand
1. to float, as on the wind
2. to blow gently: said of breezes
1. the act or fact of floating or being carried lightly along
2. an odor, sound, etc. carried through the air
3. a breath or gust of wind
4. a wave, waving, or wafting movement
5. Naut. Now Rare a signal flag or pennant, or a signal made by a flag or pennant, usually rolled or furled

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