- the slope of the face of the head of a club backward from the vertical, tending to drive the ball upward.
- the act of lofting.
- a lofting stroke.
verb (used with object)
- to slant the face of (a club).
- to hit (a golf ball) into the air or over an obstacle.
- to clear (an obstacle) in this manner.
verb (used without object)
Origin of loft
Examples from the Web for loft
Contemporary Examples of loft
South Korean activists are already planning to loft them over the Demilitarized Zone in balloons.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
A few weeks ago I was invited to a Soho loft for a board game day.All the Grown-Up Hipsters Playing Kids’ Games
June 29, 2014
The Arsenal has been converted to “Manhattan style, loft apartments,” the vast majority still unsold.Welcome to Woolwich, Where English Terrorists Say Sorry While They Murder
May 23, 2013
It was a lovely little two bedroom house in the U Street neighborhood--not big bedrooms, of course, but if we got a loft bed . . .New York City, NIMBY Paradise
March 27, 2013
And yet this time his lift and loft will be weighted down by hard experience.What Obama Should Say on Monday
January 21, 2013
Historical Examples of loft
As to the building, I am soon disappointed, because the work is all done in one loft.The Uncommercial Traveller
You may have as many tulips as you like: I have three hundred of them in my loft.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
The loft, over the part where the cider-mill was, was the corn-house.
It consisted of two rooms and a loft in the pitch of the roof.The Law-Breakers
This was the general opinion of the class of 19—, that old "Loosh had pigeons in his loft."Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (in golf) the angle from the vertical made by the club face to give elevation to a ball
- elevation imparted to a ball
- a lofting stroke or shot
Word Origin for loft
"an upper chamber," c.1300, from late Old English loft "the sky; the sphere of the air," from Old Norse lopt "air, sky," originally "upper story, loft, attic" (Scandinavian -pt- pronounced like -ft-), from Proto-Germanic *luftuz "air, sky" (cf. Old English lyft, Dutch lucht, Old High German luft, German Luft, Gothic luftus "air").
Sense development is from "loft, ceiling" to "sky, air." Buck suggests ultimate connection with Old High German louft "bark," louba "roof, attic," etc., with development from "bark" to "roof made of bark" to "ceiling," though this did not directly inform the meaning "air, sky." But Watkins says this is "probably a separate Germanic root." Meaning "gallery in a church" first attested c.1500.
"to hit a ball high in the air," 1856, originally in golf, from loft (n.). Related: Lofted; lofting. An earlier sense was "to put a loft on" (a building), 1560s; also "to store (goods) in a loft" (1510s).