Then she bade Odysseus a kind farewell, and sent a gentle and friendly wind to waft him over the waves.
Scarce a wind can blow that will not waft to you these voices.
His own private band of musicians played a "De Profundis" of his own composition to waft his soul on its long journey.
Here is the west wind; but only to waft the enemy into our hands.
Still, looking back, I caught the waft of a light dress among the fern, and frowned as the sound of laughter came down the wind.
You waft me from extreme to extreme, with a rapidity absolutely dizzying.
Suddenly a breath—a waft rather of soft air blew over his face.
He can waft himself from world to world by his own self-moving powers.
A waft of cooked air floated out into the June sunshine through the letter-box.
The tide in his affairs had come, which, taken at the flood, was to waft him on to fortune.
1510s, "to carry over water," back-formation from obsolete wafter "convoy ship" (late 15c.), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wachter "a guard," from wachten "to guard," related to waken "rouse from sleep" (see wake (n.1)). The meaning "pass through air or space, float" is first attested 1704, and possibly shows some influence of northern dialect waff "cause to move to and fro" (1510s), a variant of wave. Related: Wafted; wafting.