wheft
Waft Waft, n. 1. A wave or current of wind. ``Everywaft of the air.'' --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

In this dire season, oft the whirlwind's wing Sweeps up the burden of whole wintry plains In one wide waft. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

2. A signal made by waving something, as a flag, in the air. [1913 Webster]

3. An unpleasant flavor. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) A knot, or stop, in the middle of a flag. [Written also {wheft}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: 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.'' [1913 Webster]


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  • Waft — Waft, n. 1. A wave or current of wind. Everywaft of the air. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] In this dire season, oft the whirlwind s wing Sweeps up the burden of whole wintry plains In one wide waft. Thomson. [1913 Webster] 2. A signal made by waving …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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