\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upper room or floor : attic
2a : a gallery in a church or hall
b : one of the upper floors of a warehouse or business building especially when not partitioned living in a converted loft
3a : the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head
b : the act of lofting
4 : the thickness of a fabric or insulating material (such as goose down)


lofted; lofting; lofts

Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place, house, or store in a loft
2 : to propel through the air or into space lofted a long hit to center instruments lofted by a powerful rocket
3 : to lay out a full-sized working drawing of the lines and contours of (such as a ship's hull)

intransitive verb

1 : to propel a ball high into the air
2 : to rise high

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loftlike \ ˈlȯft-​ˌlīk How to pronounce loftlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for loft

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of loft in a Sentence

Noun The kids' bedroom has a loft. He rents a converted loft. Verb He lofted a home run into the stands. The explosion lofted dust high into the air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Viewed from a barn loft or the top of a grain silo, the patchwork of fields and pastures can resemble the quilts found hanging on local art gallery walls. Paula Wolf, National Geographic, "Fixated on Pennsylvania? Consider an Amish farm stay," 10 Nov. 2020 The title of this group show of 12 New York artists and artist groups refers to a SoHo loft rented in the 1960s by the underground artist Jack Smith. New York Times, "At the Queens Museum, Home and the World," 29 Oct. 2020 Troopers ultimately found Nixon hiding in the attic loft of the complex and took him into custody without further incident, police said. Zach Murdock,, "State police capture suspected robber after he tried to hide in apartment complex attic, officials say," 26 Oct. 2020 The detached back house has vaulted ceilings, a bar, bathroom and upstairs loft. Dallas News, "Firm: Fall is an ideal time to buy a home," 25 Oct. 2020 Rong, 42, repeatedly touched Amy’s forehead, wondering if her child would die in the small loft that the two shared. USA Today, "Asian Americans in San Francisco are dying at alarming rates from COVID-19: Racism is to blame," 19 Oct. 2020 Lyon and his family spent a summer in Detroit and lived in a rented loft in Eastern Market. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit gets a 'Human Atlas' through portraits and DNA ancestry of 100 people," 12 Oct. 2020 Its popular ten-by-ten-foot Bala Bunkie, which includes a sleeping loft, starts around $12,000. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Why a 'Bunkie' Might Be the Perfect Guest House," 18 June 2020 Like almost all of Coppola’s movies, On the Rocks plays out against a backdrop of unattainable wealth, a detail that’s barely acknowledged by the characters (even if Laura has a Bernie 2016 sticker taped to the door of her fancy loft). David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Movie That Takes You Out for a Night on the Town," 21 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Starship will loft cargo missions and ultimately, SpaceX hopes, large crews to the Moon and Mars. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "For the first time, a Starship prototype roars to life with three engines," 20 Oct. 2020 Scientists are willing to pay handsomely to loft research payloads into a microgravity environment. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Is Jeff Bezos’ space company making money off the New Shepard rocket?," 15 Oct. 2020 Hurricanes can loft huge amounts of sea spray, some of which would be expected to sweep onshore during an intense landfall. Washington Post, "Inside the hurricane that drove Alexander Hamilton to America," 26 Sep. 2020 But facing pressure, Brees attempted to loft a pass to wide receiver Deonte Harris that fell well short of its target. Jeff Nowak,, "Drew Brees explains momentum-swinging interception in Saints loss: 'Shouldn't have thrown it'," 21 Sep. 2020 Amazon's Project Kuiper has similar aims but has yet to loft any satellites. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Elon Musk’s space Internet service Starlink officially reveals download speeds," 3 Sep. 2020 The first rocket, Vikram-I, is intended to loft up to 700kg into low-Earth orbit,and may be launched before the end of 2021. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX’s South Texas resort, the Air Force makes its picks," 14 Aug. 2020 Hardy proceeded to loft a soft line drive to the pitcher, Skinny Brown, who threw to first base for a double play. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Carroll Hardy, Athlete With a Unique Distinction, Dies at 87," 13 Aug. 2020 The declaration followed federal regulatory approval of Amazon’s plan to loft over 3,000 satellites for the service. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Big Tech’s rough day is followed by Big Tech’s amazing day," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of loft


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1518, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for loft


Middle English, from Old English, air, sky, from Old Norse lopt; akin to Old High German luft air

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The first known use of loft was in the 13th century

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19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Loft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things
: a high section of seats in a church or hall
: an upper floor of a warehouse or business building especially when it is not divided by walls



English Language Learners Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit or throw (something, such as a ball) so that it rises high in the air


\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Kids Definition of loft

1 : an upper room or upper story of a building
2 : a balcony in a church
3 : an upper part of a barn

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