[lawf-ting, lof-]


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[lawft, loft]


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.
  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.
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.

verb (used with object)

to hit or throw aloft: He lofted a fly ball into center field.
  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.
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.

verb (used without object)

to hit or throw something aloft, especially a ball.
to go high into the air when hit, as a ball.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lofting

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

    Labrador Days|Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Horizontal holes are frequently put in and artificial beds made by "lofting."

British Dictionary definitions for lofting



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
  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

verb (tr)

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 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
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