Definition of wafer
1a : a thin crisp cake, candy, or crackerb : a round thin piece of unleavened bread used in the celebration of the Eucharist
2 : an adhesive disk of dried paste with added coloring matter used as a seal
3a : a thin disk or ring resembling a wafer and variously used (as for a valve or diaphragm)b : a thin slice of semiconductor (such as silicon) used as a base for an electronic component or circuit
Recent Examples of wafer from the Web
May has a wafer thin majority in Parliament with support from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionists and there will be opportunities for opposition lawmakers to unite with Tory rebels to soften the divorce.
The cookie portion of the sandwich is still your classic wafer-y chocolate cookie (don’t fix what ain’t broke).
Nabisco Famous chocolate wafers, $5 for 9 ounces, walmart.com.
TOKYO—Toshiba Corp. is lagging behind rival chip makers in securing next year’s supply of silicon wafers, people in the industry said, showing how the company’s troubles are hamstringing operations at its principal profit center.
Instead, British voters sent a confused message, forcing the Conservatives to negotiate an ad hoc deal, still being worked out, with a small Northern Irish party to secure a wafer-thin parliamentary majority.
The velvety, thick mixture was presented in a parfait glass with fresh vanilla wafers strewn throughout the blend.
As features get smaller and more complex, more patterning stages are required, which drives up the cost and time of producing each wafer.
A Eucharistic procession following the signing ceremony marked the first time the Blessed Sacrament — commonly known as Holy Communion, where wafers are given to the faithful — was presented in the Cathedral.
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Origin and Etymology of wafer
Middle English, from Anglo-French wafer, walfre, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch wafele waffle
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of wafer
WAFER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wafer for English Language Learners
: a thin, crisp cracker
: a round, thin piece of bread eaten during the Christian Communion ceremony
: a small, round, thin object
WAFER Defined for Kids
Definition of wafer for Students
: a thin crisp cake or cracker
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