- a room, storage area, or the like within a sloping roof; attic; garret.
- a gallery or upper level in a church, hall, etc., designed for a special purpose: a choir loft.
- a hayloft.
- an upper story of a business building, warehouse, or factory, typically consisting of open, unpartitioned floor area.
- such an upper story converted or adapted to any of various uses, as quarters for living, studios for artists or dancers, exhibition galleries, or theater space.
- Also called loft bed. a balcony or platform built over a living area and used especially for sleeping.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. an attic.
- 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.
- the resiliency of fabric or yarn, especially wool.
- the thickness of a fabric or of insulation used in a garment, as a down-filled jacket.
- to hit or throw aloft: He lofted a fly ball into center field.
- 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.
- to store in a loft.
- Shipbuilding. to form or describe (the lines of a hull) at full size, as in a mold loft; lay off.
- Archaic. to provide (a house, barn, etc.) with a loft.
- to hit or throw something aloft, especially a ball.
- to go high into the air when hit, as a ball.
Origin of loft
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- the space inside a roof
- a gallery, esp one for the choir in a church
- a room over a stable used to store hay
- an upper storey of a warehouse or factory, esp when converted into living space
- a raised house or coop in which pigeons are kept
- (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
- sport to strike or kick (a ball) high in the air
- to store or place in a loft
- to lay out a full-scale working drawing of (the lines of a vessel's hull)
Word Origin and History 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).