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Waft vs. Whiff

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Waftverb

(ergative) 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.’;

Whiffnoun

A waft; a brief, gentle breeze; a light gust of air

Waftverb

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

Whiffnoun

An odour carried briefly through the air

Waftverb

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

Whiffnoun

A short inhalation or exhalation of breath, especially of smoke from a cigarette or pipe.

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Waftnoun

A light breeze.

Whiffnoun

(figuratively) A slight sign of something; a glimpse.

Waftnoun

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

Whiffnoun

(baseball) A strike (from the batter’s perspective)

Waftnoun

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

Whiffnoun

(golf) An attempted shot that completely misses the ball.

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Waftverb

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

‘But soft: who wafts us yonder?’;

Whiffnoun

The megrim, a fish: Lepidorhombus boscii or Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis.

Waftverb

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.’; ‘Speed the soft intercourse from soul to soul,And waft a sigh from Indus to the pole.’;

Whiffverb

(transitive) To waft; to throw out in whiffs.

Waftverb

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

Whiffverb

To carry or convey by a whiff, or as by a whiff; to puff or blow away.

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Waftverb

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

‘And now the shouts waft near the citadel.’;

Whiffverb

(colloquial) To have or give off a strong, unpleasant smell.

Waftnoun

A wave or current of wind.

‘In this dire season, oft the whirlwind's wingSweeps up the burden of whole wintry plainsIn one wide waft.’;

Whiffverb

(transitive) To sniff.

Waftnoun

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

Whiffverb

To consume in whiffs; to puff.

Waftnoun

An unpleasant flavor.

Whiffverb

To miss:

Waftnoun

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

Whiffverb

To strike out.

Waftnoun

a long flag; often tapering

Whiffverb

(golf) To miss the ball completely.

Waftverb

be driven or carried along, as by the air;

‘Sounds wafted into the room’;

Whiffverb

(slang) To attempt to strike and miss, especially being off-balance/vulnerable after missing.

Waftverb

blow gently;

‘A breeze wafted through the door’;

Whiffverb

(slang) To fail spectacularly at a task.

Waftverb

(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’;

Whiffverb

To kill; to assassinate.

Waftverb

move with a gliding motion

‘models wafted down the catwalk in filmy organza skirts’;

Whiffverb

To fish with a handline.

Waftnoun

a gentle movement of air.

Whiffadjective

(colloquial) Having a strong or unpleasant odor.

Waftnoun

a scent carried in the air

‘from the kitchen comes a waft of roasting meat’;

Whiffnoun

A sudden expulsion of air from the mouth; a quick puff or slight gust, as of air or smoke.

‘But with the whiff and wind of his fell swordThe unnerved father falls.’; ‘The skipper, he blew a whiff from his pipe,And a scornful laugh laughed he.’;

Waftnoun

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

Whiffnoun

A glimpse; a hasty view.

Waft

Waft is a term meaning to 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.

‘carry along gently as through the air.’;

Whiffnoun

The marysole, or sail fluke.

Whiffverb

To throw out in whiffs; to consume in whiffs; to puff.

Whiffverb

To carry or convey by a whiff, or as by a whiff; to puff or blow away.

‘Old Empedocles, . . . who, when he leaped into Etna, having a dry, sear body, and light, the smoke took him, and whiffed him up into the moon.’;

Whiffverb

To emit whiffs, as of smoke; to puff.

Whiffnoun

a short light gust of air

Whiffnoun

a lefteye flounder found in coastal waters from New England to Brazil

Whiffnoun

a strikeout resulting from the batter swinging at and missing the ball for the third strike

Whiffverb

perceive by inhaling through the nose;

‘sniff the perfume’;

Whiffverb

drive or carry as if by a puff of air;

‘The gust of air whiffed away the clouds’;

Whiffverb

strike out by swinging and missing the pitch charged as the third

Whiffverb

smoke and exhale strongly;

‘puff a cigar’; ‘whiff a pipe’;

Whiffverb

utter with a puff of air;

‘whiff out a prayer’;

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