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


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 While two polls this year have shown a wafer-thin majority in favor of independence, most surveys in recent years have shown a fresh vote could go either way. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "Scotland’s Leader Warns Johnson He ‘Can’t Deny Democracy’," 8 May 2020 Think of them like a cross between a Fruit Roll-Up and a Necco wafer. Mackenzie Fegan, Bon Appétit, "Haw Flakes Are the Childhood Snack I Still Crave," 2 Apr. 2020 Emmy Squared’s response is banana pudding: alternating layers of custard, crushed Nilla wafers and whipped cream presented in a big Ball Mason jar. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Emmy Squared finds diners opening wide for Detroit-style pizza," 31 Jan. 2020 Treats Waffles, wafers and sweet biscuits from the United Kingdom are on the list. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "As new tariffs against Europe take effect, get ready to pay more for your cheese and wine," 24 June 2019 Carson Downing To attach edible wafer or paper flowers, such as Wilton Pastel Flowers, $7.49, Michaels, ice your cookie in a bright frosting and while the icing is wet, attach the accessories. Bh&g Holiday Editors, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Stunning Easter Cookie Decorating Ideas You Need to Try This Weekend," 7 Apr. 2020 Highly interactive Passover meals, or Seders, include games for children, such as finding the afikomen, part of an unleavened wafer that is hidden, the discovery of which is often rewarded with a prize. Samuel L. Boyd, The Conversation, "A virtual Passover may be the first for many, but Judaism has a long history of ritual innovation," 7 Apr. 2020 The Democrat & Chronicle reports: Decorating the specialty treats involves printing an image of 79-year-old Fauci on wafer-thin edible paper and placing the paper on top of a thick layer of buttercream frosting. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "How Will the Spending Be Spun?," 26 Mar. 2020 That’s led to wafer-thin margins and losses for some of the traders buying stones from De Beers and Russian rival Alrosa. Thomas Biesheuvel, chicagotribune.com, "Are diamonds losing their glitter? Sales of gems slump in 2019.," 10 Dec. 2019 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


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


1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wafer


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

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“Wafer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wafer. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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


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

Kids Definition of wafer

: a thin crisp cake or cracker


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