waft
wafter, n.
/waft, wahft/, v.t.
1. to carry lightly and smoothly through the air or over water: The gentle breeze wafted the sound of music to our ears.
2. to send or convey lightly, as if in flight: The actress wafted kisses to her admirers in the audience.
3. Obs. to signal to, summon, or direct by waving.
v.i.
4. to float or be carried, esp. through the air: The sound wafted on the breeze. The music wafted across the lake.
n.
5. a sound, odor, etc., faintly perceived: a waft of perfume.
6. a wafting movement; light current or gust: a waft of air.
7. the act of wafting.
8. Also, waif. Naut. a signal given by waving a flag.
[1535-45; back formation from late ME waughter armed escort vessel < D or LG wachter watchman; in some senses confused with WAFF]

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