wafer

noun
wa·​fer | \ ˈwā-fər How to pronounce wafer (audio) \

Definition of wafer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a thin crisp cake, candy, or cracker
b : 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

wafer

verb
wafered; wafering\ ˈwā-​f(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce wafering (audio) \

Definition of wafer (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to seal, close, or fasten with a wafer
2 : to divide (something, such as a silicon rod) into wafers

Examples of wafer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Each shot captures distinct clusters of desert rose petals, shadows cast by wafer-thin overhangs, and wedges of azure sky. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 The belief is that the wafer would be less prone than pills to being diverted for illicit use. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The week’s 4 most important health care stories," 7 Sep. 2018 Be sure the wafers are of equal distance from each other. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "Magnolia Bakery's Strawberry Ice Box Cake," 1 May 2010 One picks out your bars' custom toppings, pulls out your candy-wafer choices, and drizzles a line of chocolate syrup on top of each one. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 Trim 2 yellow Necco wafers and press into cupcakes for wings. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Animal Cupcakes," 7 Mar. 2019 Use buttercream to attach a pink Necco wafer or a small circle of pink fruit chew for the snout, then pipe small brown buttercream vertical lines for nostrils. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Animal Cupcakes," 7 Mar. 2019 How to make banana pudding, according to two former inmates: Crush commissary vanilla wafers in their bag and add hot water. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Who Serves the Best Holiday Carrot Cake? Hint: It Has a Captive Audience," 25 Dec. 2018 That means there's no need to cut the wafer in any particular spot for the laser to be functional. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why millions of lasers on a chip could be the future of lidar," 8 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Historic wafering iron designs indicate that, like today, the irons could be given as wedding gifts. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "These Beautiful Medieval Wafer Presses Are Where Waffles Come From," 29 June 2017 Historic wafering iron designs indicate that, like today, the irons could be given as wedding gifts. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "These Beautiful Medieval Wafer Presses Are Where Waffles Come From," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of wafer

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wafer

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French wafer, walfre, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch wafele waffle

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wafer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wafer

: a thin, crisp cracker
: a round, thin piece of bread eaten during the Christian Communion ceremony
: a small, round, thin object

wafer

noun
wa·​fer | \ ˈwā-fər How to pronounce wafer (audio) \

Kids Definition of wafer

: a thin crisp cake or cracker

wafer

noun
wa·​fer | \ ˈwā-fər How to pronounce wafer (audio) \

Medical Definition of wafer

: cachet

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