- an attic or atticlike space, usually not partitioned off into rooms, immediately below the roof of a house, barn, etc.
- any of the upper stories of a warehouse or factory; now often, specif., a dwelling space, artist's studio, etc. on an upper story of a converted warehouse or factory
- a gallery: the choir loft in a church
- the slope given to the face of a golf club to aid in knocking the ball in a high curve
- the height attained by hitting or throwing a ball in a high curve
Origin of loftMiddle English lofte from Late Old English loft from Old Norse lopt, upper room, air, sky (akin to Old English lyft, air, sky) from Indo-European base an unverified form leup-, an unverified form leubh-, to peel off from source leaf
- to store in a loft
- to hit or throw (a golf ball, baseball, etc.) into the air in a high curve
- to throw (a bowling ball) so that it strikes the alley sharply some distance past the foul line
to loft a ball
- 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.
- A gallery or balcony, as in a church.
- A hayloft.
- Sports 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.
verbloft·ed, loft·ing, lofts
- To put, store, or keep in a loft.
- To propel in a high arc: lofted the ball into the outfield.
- Nautical To lay out a full-size drawing of (the parts of a ship's hull, for example).
- To propel something, especially a ball, in a high arc.
- To rise high into the air.
Origin of loftMiddle English sky, upstairs room from Old English air from Old Norse lopt upstairs room, sky, air
loft angle of a 9-iron golf club