• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Toft A grove of trees; also, a plain.
    • Toft A knoll or hill. "A tower on a toft ."
    • Toft (O. Eng. Law) A place where a messuage has once stood; the site of a burnt or decayed house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n toft A hillock; a slightly elevated and exposed site; open ground.
    • n toft A messuage; a house and homestead. Also toftstead.
    • n toft In English common law:
    • n toft A messuage the tenant of which is entitled by virtue of it to rights of common in other land in the parish or district.
    • n toft A piece of ground on which a messuage formerly stood, and which, though the messuage be gone to decay, is still called by a name indicating something more than mere land.
    • n toft A grove of trees.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Toft toft a hillock: a messuage with right of common
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. toft, a knoll; akin to LG. toft, a field hedged in, not far from a house, Icel. topt, a green knoll, grassy place, place marked out for a house, Dan. toft,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

But now the tale leaves telling of him, and turns again to Christopher the woodman, who lay sick of his hurt in the House of the Tofts.
"Child Christopher" by William Morris
An impudent woman, known as Mary Tofts, declared to the world, that, instead of a human child, she had given birth to a litter of rabbits.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860" by Various
Flocks and herds cropped beneath tofts of ash and elm and beech.
"Master Skylark" by John Bennett
In five minutes I was of no account in the scheme of things at Toft End, and I began to wonder why I had come.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
And see here, Miss Toft, don't you go and make a fool of me.
"Tales of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
The dairy stood near the river at the place now called Bolli's-tofts.
"Laxdæla Saga" by Anonymous
For several months during 1895 he took charge of a small country parish near Cambridge, called Toft.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
He took leave of Janet, somehow, and went for a walk up to Toft End, where the wind blows.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Home's safe, because the Priory's on the Toft; but there's Tallington and his wife and boy.
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
In 1597 there came out a similar volume by Robert Tofte, entitled 'Laura, the Joys of a Traveller, or the Feast of Fancy.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
Proceeding to the tenantry, the first in order happened to be Farmer Toft.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
By FRANCES TOFT, Author of "Uncle Ronald," etc.
"Noble Deeds of the World's Heroines" by Henry Charles Moore
This was the last day of visiting-possibility at Toft.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Captain ter Tofte Luhrensen was in command.
"Frontier Boys in the South Seas" by Wyn Roosevelt
She walked up to Toft End as if walking in her sleep.
"Anna of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
I arrived here at midday, and the owner, Ivar Tofte, came out to meet me.
"Three in Norway" by James Arthur Lees
Probably the most effective use of slip is seen in the old tygs and dishes of Toft and others of his time.
"Pottery, for Artists Craftsmen & Teachers" by George J. Cox
At the end of the table places were laid for three, and Toft, who had set on the breakfast, was fixing the kettle amid the burning logs.
"The Great House" by Stanley J. Weyman
Yvetot; Toft common in Orkney.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 113, December 27, 1851" by Various
On the following evening Mr. Toft made his way to the Blue Lion.
"The Burglars' Club" by Henry A. Hering

In poetry:

and love, sing all the birds, are what matter:
what I dared not hope or fight for
is, in my fifties, mine, a toft-and-croft
where I needn't, ever, be at home to
"Thanksgiving for a Habitat" by W H Auden

In news:

The Opal Theatre aboard Oasis of the Seas (Photo Allan Toft, Martin Professional).
Mullet held about 54 percent — or 23,216 votes — to Toft 's 46 percent — or 19,909 votes — among more than 43,000 ballots counted in the race so far.
Toft 's campaign said the uncounted ballots could shift the balance in the race — a claim Mullet dismissed.
Letters Toft , not Mullet, is up to the task.
State Senate hopefuls Brad Toft , Mark Mullet.
5th District State Senate hopefuls Mark Mullet, (left), and Brad Toft .
Margaret Toft , 80, Albert Lea.
The funeral service for Margaret Corrine Toft will be at 2 pm Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.
Toft 's recalls Buckeye Bites ice cream.
Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais, and Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte.
Toft's recalls Buckeye Bites ice cream.
Toft's recalls Buckeye Bites ice cream .
State Senate hopefuls Brad Toft, Mark Mullet.
5th District State Senate hopefuls Mark Mullet, (left), and Brad Toft.
And Keith Slattery, Bob Anundson, Renee Tofts and Susan Tofts, Little Kahuna (four-way tie with 10 pounds of food collected).

In science:

To do this, we will employ recent results of Buzano and Toft [4, 21] as well as the explicit descriptions of domains of elliptic cone operators from [17, 15] (in the boundaryless case) and [5, 16] (for realizations sub ject to boundary conditions).
On the completeness of generalized eigenfunctions of elliptic cone operators
Toft, Schatten-von Neumann properties in the Weyl calculus, and calculus of metrics on symplectic vector spaces, Ann.
On the completeness of generalized eigenfunctions of elliptic cone operators
The IGM is supposedly heated to X-ray-emitting temperatures, chiefly due to accretion shocks and gravitational compression (e.g., Toft et al. 2002).
Chandra and XMM-Newton Detection of Large-scale Diffuse X-ray Emission from the Sombrero Galaxy
Naturally, the X-ray luminosity of gas is a strong function of the gravitational mass of the host galaxy, as characterized by its circular rotation speed (LX ∝ V 7 c ; Toft et al. 2002).
Chandra and XMM-Newton Detection of Large-scale Diffuse X-ray Emission from the Sombrero Galaxy
Toft, A survey of Hadwiger’s conjecture, Surveys in graph theory (San Francisco, CA, 1995), Congr.
Minors in expanding graphs
Toft, Graph Coloring Problems, John Wiley & Sons, 1995, Ch. 6, The Conjectures of Hadwiger and Ha j´os.
On Hadwiger's Number of a graph with partial information
Tofts: A temporal calculus of communicating systems.
Theory of processes
We use a somewhat relaxed definition, due to Favrholdt, Stiebitz and Toft , adapted to our setting of partially colored graphs.
Beyond the Vizing's bound for at most seven colors