A fluttering or darting movement.
(physics) A particular, unexpected, short lived change of state.
(slang) A homosexual.
- My computer just had a flit .
To move about rapidly and nimbly.
* 1912 : (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 6
- A shadow flits before me.
To move quickly from one location to another.
- There were many apes with faces similar to his own, and further over in the book he found, under "M," some little monkeys such as he saw daily flitting through the trees of his primeval forest. But nowhere was pictured any of his own people; in all the book was none that resembled Kerchak, or Tublat, or Kala.
(physics) To unpredictably change state for short periods of time.
- It became a received opinion, that the souls of men, departing this life, did flit out of one body into some other.
(UK, Scotland, dialect) To move house (sometimes a sudden move to avoid debts).
- My blender flits because the power cord is damaged.
* 1855 , , page 199 (ISBN 0679405518)
To be unstable; to be easily or often moved.
- After this manner did the late Warden of Barchester Hospital accomplish his flitting , and change his residence.
- the free soul to flitting air resigned
(poetic, obsolete) Fast, nimble.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.iv:
- And in his hand two darts exceeding flit , / And deadly sharpe he held [...].
(ergative) To (cause to) float easily or gently through the air.
* A breeze came in through the open window and wafted her sensuous perfume into my eager nostrils.
* 1922 , (James Joyce), Chapter 13
* 1914 , Hugh G. Evelyn-White’s translation of Hymn to Aphrodite from the .[http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0138%3Ahymn%3D6]
- Through the open window of the church the fragrant incense was wafted and with it the fragrant names of her who was conceived without stain of original sin…
To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.
- There the moist breath of the western wind wafted her over the waves of the loud-moaning sea in soft foam, and there the gold-filleted Hours welcomed her joyously.
To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon.
- And now the shouts waft near the citadel.
- But soft: who wafts us yonder?
A light breeze.
Something (a scent or odor), such as a perfume, that is carried through the air.
* 1908 ,
* 2010 September, "The SLM'' Calendar", , ISSN 1090-5723, volume 16, issue 9, page 170:
- Meanwhile, the wafts from his old home pleaded, whispered, conjured, and finally claimed him imperiously.
(nautical) A flag, (also called a waif or wheft), used to indicate wind direction or, with a knot tied in the center, as a signal.
- Patrol Magazine says of this Oxford, Miss., band: "Guitars are responsible for every noise in Colour Revolt's mix—not a single note of piano, waft of synthesizer, or evidence of electronic tampering are to be found."