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Waft \Waft\, n.

  1. A wave or current of wind. ``Everywaft of the air.''

    In this dire season, oft the whirlwind's wing Sweeps up the burden of whole wintry plains In one wide waft.

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

  3. An unpleasant flavor. [Obs.]

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

    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.''


n. (context nautical English) A waft (flag)

Usage examples of "wheft".

They had the red wheft flying, for they were bound on the account, to raid the Main.

I might not feel very good wheft it wore off, but for the present nothing could get through.