- a thin, crisp cake or biscuit, often sweetened and flavored.
- a thin disk of unleavened bread, used in the Eucharist, as in the Roman Catholic Church.
- a thin disk of dried paste, gelatin, adhesive paper, or the like, used for sealing letters, attaching papers, etc.
- Medicine/Medical. a thin sheet of dry paste or the like, used to enclose a powder to be swallowed.
- any small, thin disk, as a washer or piece of insulation.
- Electronics. a thin slice of semiconductor used as a base material on which single transistors or integrated-circuit components are formed.
- to seal, close, or attach by means of a wafer or wafers: to wafer a letter.
Origin of wafer
Examples from the Web for wafer
Francis promptly picked up the phone and told her go ahead and take the wafer.The Great Divide Facing Pope Francis That Only Catholics Understand
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 21, 2014
Wafer would often ride a bike or taxi to drinking establishments in his neighborhood rather than risk driving, the woman said.
According to a former girlfriend who asked not to be identified, Wafer was a heavy drinker during at least part of his life.
Wafer came from a large family and grew up in the Detroit area.
A 911 tape released indicated that Wafer called police after he shot McBride to report the incident, then hung up.
I go in with him, and as we are coming out, I ask him child-like for a wafer.The Book of Khalid
Neither were to be had, and he was fain to put up with a wafer.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
It was about as large around as a wafer, but somewhat thicker.Rollo's Experiments
They give him a slice of bread a little larger than a dollar and as thin as a wafer.Holland, v. 1 (of 2)
Edmondo de Amicis
The frog was caught and killed, the wafer got back, and the girl recovered.Europa's Fairy Book
- a thin crisp sweetened biscuit with different flavourings, served with ice cream, etc
- Christianity a thin disc of unleavened bread used in the Eucharist as celebrated by the Western Church
- pharmacol an envelope of rice paper enclosing a medicament
- electronics a large single crystal of semiconductor material, such as silicon, on which numerous integrated circuits are manufactured and then separated
- a small thin disc of adhesive material used to seal letters, documents, etc
- (tr) to seal, fasten, or attach with a wafer
Word Origin and History for wafer
late 14c., from Anglo-French wafre, Old North French waufre "honeycomb, wafer," perhaps from Frankish (cf. Flemish wafer, altered from Middle Dutch wafel "honeycomb;" see waffle (n.)). Also found in Old French as gaufre, gofre "wafer, waffle." Eucharistic bread first so called 1550s.