loft (lôft, lŏft)
a. A large, usually unpartitioned floor over a factory, warehouse, or other commercial or industrial space.
b. Such a floor converted into an apartment or artist's studio.
a. A partial floor occupying part of the space below the ceiling of a larger, high-ceilinged room.
b. A garret.
3. A gallery or balcony, as in a church.
4. A hayloft.
a. The backward slant of the face of a golf club head, designed to drive the ball up off the ground.
b. A golf stroke that drives the ball in a high arc.
c. The upward course of a ball driven in a high arc.
a. The thickness of a fabric or yarn.
b. The thickness of an item, such as a down comforter, that is filled with compressible insulating material.
v. loft·ed, loft·ing, lofts
1. To put, store, or keep in a loft.
2. To propel in a high arc: lofted the ball into the outfield.
3. Nautical To lay out a full-size drawing of (the parts of a ship's hull, for example).
1. To propel something, especially a ball, in a high arc.
2. To rise high into the air.
[Middle English, sky, upstairs room, from Old English, air, from Old Norse lopt, upstairs room, sky, air.]
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loft angle of a 9-iron golf club
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