The Collaborative International Dictionary
Waft \Waft\, n.
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.
A signal made by waving something, as a flag, in the air.
An unpleasant flavor. [Obs.]
(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.