Waft vs. Weft - What's the difference?

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  • Waft

    Waft is a term meaning to "carry along gently as through the air." The term is commonly used to describe scents that have diffused into other parts of a room, or to describe smoke as being seen moving through the air. Wafting may be used for everyday substances, to make sure they are fresh, or consumable. In chemistry and other sciences, it is a term of laboratory safety. In "wafting" a person takes an open hand with the palm towards the body and moves their hand over the substance in a gentle circular motion 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 dangerous or unpleasant chemicals.

Wiktionary

  • Waft (verb)

    To (cause to) float easily or gently through the air.

    "A breeze came in through the open window and wafted her sensuous perfume into my eager nostrils."

  • Waft (verb)

    To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.

  • Waft (verb)

    To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon.

  • Waft (noun)

    A light breeze.

  • Waft (noun)

    Something (such as an odor or scent like a perfume) that is carried through the air.

  • Waft (noun)

    A flag used to indicate wind direction or, with a knot tied in the center, as a signal; a waif, a wheft.

  • Weft (noun)

    The horizontal threads that are interlaced through the warp in a woven fabric.

  • Weft (noun)

    The yarn used for the weft; the fill.

  • Weft (noun)

    A hair extension that is glued directly to a person′s natural hair.

  • Weft (noun)

    Something cast away; a waif.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Waft (verb)

    (with reference to a scent, sound, etc.) pass or cause to pass gently through the air

    "the smell of stale fat wafted out from the cafe"

    "each breeze would waft pollen round the house"

  • Waft (verb)

    move with a gliding motion

    "models wafted down the catwalk in filmy organza skirts"

  • Waft (noun)

    a gentle movement of air.

  • Waft (noun)

    a scent carried in the air

    "from the kitchen comes a waft of roasting meat"

  • Waft (noun)

    a knotted ensign, garment, etc. displayed by a ship as a signal.

Webster Dictionary

  • Waft

    To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon.

  • Waft

    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.

  • Waft

    To cause to float; to keep from sinking; to buoy.

  • Waft (verb)

    To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.

  • Waft (noun)

    A wave or current of wind.

  • Waft (noun)

    A signal made by waving something, as a flag, in the air.

  • Waft (noun)

    An unpleasant flavor.

  • Waft (noun)

    A knot, or stop, in the middle of a flag.

  • Weft

    imp. & p. p. of Wave.

  • Weft (noun)

    A thing waved, waived, or cast away; a waif.

  • Weft (noun)

    The woof of cloth; the threads that cross the warp from selvage to selvage; the thread carried by the shuttle in weaving.

  • Weft (noun)

    A web; a thing woven.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Waft (noun)

    a long flag; often tapering

  • Waft (verb)

    be driven or carried along, as by the air;

    "Sounds wafted into the room"

  • Waft (verb)

    blow gently;

    "A breeze wafted through the door"

  • Weft (noun)

    the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving

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