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[lawf-ting, lof-]
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  1. Hugh,1886–1947, U.S. author of books for children, born in England.
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[lawft, loft]
  1. a room, storage area, or the like within a sloping roof; attic; garret.
  2. a gallery or upper level in a church, hall, etc., designed for a special purpose: a choir loft.
  3. a hayloft.
  4. an upper story of a business building, warehouse, or factory, typically consisting of open, unpartitioned floor area.
  5. 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.
  6. Also called loft bed. a balcony or platform built over a living area and used especially for sleeping.
  7. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. an attic.
  8. Golf.
    1. the slope of the face of the head of a club backward from the vertical, tending to drive the ball upward.
    2. the act of lofting.
    3. a lofting stroke.
  9. the resiliency of fabric or yarn, especially wool.
  10. the thickness of a fabric or of insulation used in a garment, as a down-filled jacket.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to hit or throw aloft: He lofted a fly ball into center field.
  2. Golf.
    1. to slant the face of (a club).
    2. to hit (a golf ball) into the air or over an obstacle.
    3. to clear (an obstacle) in this manner.
  3. to store in a loft.
  4. Shipbuilding. to form or describe (the lines of a hull) at full size, as in a mold loft; lay off.
  5. Archaic. to provide (a house, barn, etc.) with a loft.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to hit or throw something aloft, especially a ball.
  2. to go high into the air when hit, as a ball.
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Origin of loft

before 1000; Middle English lofte (noun), late Old English loft < Old Norse lopt upper chamber or region, the air, sky. See lift
Related formsloft·less, adjectiveun·der·loft, nounwell-loft·ed, adjective
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Related Words for lofting

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Historical Examples of lofting

  • Horizontal holes are frequently put in and artificial beds made by "lofting."

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 832, December 12, 1891


  • There was no lofting, and both windows were open, so that a cool breeze was blowing right through.

    Labrador Days

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

  • An interesting case was quoted to me some time since of the success a man achieved in lofting over stymies, and the reason why.

    The Happy Golfer

    Henry Leach

British Dictionary definitions for lofting


  1. the space inside a roof
  2. a gallery, esp one for the choir in a church
  3. a room over a stable used to store hay
  4. an upper storey of a warehouse or factory, esp when converted into living space
  5. a raised house or coop in which pigeons are kept
  6. sport
    1. (in golf) the angle from the vertical made by the club face to give elevation to a ball
    2. elevation imparted to a ball
    3. a lofting stroke or shot
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verb (tr)
  1. sport to strike or kick (a ball) high in the air
  2. to store or place in a loft
  3. to lay out a full-scale working drawing of (the lines of a vessel's hull)
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Word Origin for loft

Late Old English, from Old Norse lopt air, ceiling; compare Old Danish and Old High German loft (German Luft air)
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Word Origin and History for lofting



"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.

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"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).

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