wafer

noun
wa·​fer | \ˈwā-fər \

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 \

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

The floors were a mosaic of broken wafers — all eight of those different colors. William J. Kole, chicagotribune.com, "Necco candy company sells for $18.8 million," 23 May 2018 The floors were a mosaic of broken wafers — all eight of those different colors. William J. Kole, USA TODAY, "Bankrupt Necco Wafers maker New England Confectionery sold at auction to Spangler Candy," 23 May 2018 In a medium bowl, combine wafer crumbs, cocoa, sugar and nuts. 2. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Chesterton Oz Fest ‘First Lady’ still greeting fans," 13 July 2018 The wafer is coated with a light-sensitive material called photoresist. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Extreme UV chip defects may force a new approach to processor design," 27 Feb. 2018 The wire and wafer let the company leverage its experience building circuitry, but in this case, the wire is a mix of niobium and aluminum, which allows it to superconduct at extremely low temperatures. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Quantum computing’s future is almost semi-here—are we ready for it?," 16 Mar. 2018 Using thinned white frosting in cup, draw tiny dots on wafer. Woman's Day, "Bubble Bath Cake," 24 Jan. 2012 To assemble the cake: Spread each wafer with about 1 tablespoon of mint cream, forming about four stacks of six to eight cookies. Susan Selasky, ajc, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 3 July 2018 To assemble the cake: Spread each wafer with about 1 tablespoon of mint cream, forming about four stacks of six to eight cookies. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 27 June 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 \

Kids Definition of wafer

: a thin crisp cake or cracker

wafer

noun
wa·​fer | \ˈwā-fər \

Medical Definition of wafer 

: cachet

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