- 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)
- loewi, otto,
- lofoten and vesterålen,
- lofoten islands,
- loft building,
- lofting iron,
- lofting, hugh,
Origin of loft
Examples from the Web for loft
South Korean activists are already planning to loft them over the Demilitarized Zone in balloons.
A few weeks ago I was invited to a Soho loft for a board game day.
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|Peter Pomerantsev|May 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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 . . .
And yet this time his lift and loft will be weighted down by hard experience.
Virgie was put in a loft over the kitchen of the house, and left to her contemplations.The Entailed Hat|George Alfred Townsend
The night passed, and the gray dawn came to my windows; by degrees the noise and movements in the street ascended to my loft.Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories|Edited by Julian Hawthorne
The widow saw that the windows of the cabin were shuttered and that Bryce had both powder and bullets beside him in the loft.With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga|W. Bert Foster
As he spoke, he threw open the wide door intended for the delivery of hay into the loft from the alley below.Penrod and Sam|Booth Tarkington
What was it he had so toiled for, from those hard years in the loft above the stable even until now?The Great Hunger|Johan Bojer
- (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).