• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whiffing A mode of fishing with a hand line for pollack, mackerel, and the like.
    • Whiffing The act of one who, or that which, whiffs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whiffing Surface-fishing with a hand-line.
    • n whiffing A kind of hand-line used for taking mackerel, pollack, and the like.
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  • Lord Chesterfield
    “A constant smirk upon the face, and a whiffing activity of the body, are strong indications of futility.”


In literature:

He whiffed the compound of scents away, as he put down his smoked-out pipe.
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
Dust as fine as powder whiffed up from under the tireless hoofs.
"Desert Gold" by Zane Grey
Mark, how he paused and whiffed it; now away he goes; yes, straight to our trap.
"Rolf In The Woods" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Just as the mate spoke to him and stooped to pat him, Jerry whiffed Skipper somewhere near at hand.
"Jerry of the Islands" by Jack London
He whiffed the salt tang of the air and tasted the flying spray.
"The Vision Spendid" by William MacLeod Raine
Before the ghost walked he was an elementary hero; one puff of action would have whiffed away his melancholy.
"The Tragic Comedians, Complete" by George Meredith
We baited our hooks and whiffed for mackerel as we tacked out of the Sound.
"The Adventures of Harry Revel" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The magnificent self discovery, the colossal single-heartedness lighting up the faces of the people whiffed out by one breath of armistice!
"The Ghost in the White House" by Gerald Stanley Lee
A puff of dust whiffed up into his nostrils.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
It must have whiffed up suddenly, and become commingled with the moss?
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
M. Kollsen whiffed away, however, quite unconscious of what everybody was thinking.
"Feats on the Fiord" by Harriet Martineau
As usual, he was whiffing at a cigarette.
"Owen Clancy's Happy Trail" by Burt L. Standish
The blind dog raised his head and whiffed the air.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
The second ball floated up to the plate as big as a balloon, and again the wrestler whiffed, coming nowhere near the sphere.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
The shells struck and whiffed away the whole side, exposing the level on the building's interior.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
The fire whiffed and crackled now and then, but beyond this there was no sound.
"A Manifest Destiny" by Julia Magruder
A corner of the booth, three-foot concrete, had been sheared away, whiffed into nothingness!
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Twice before he whiffed, and he's in line to make it three times!
"Jack Winters' Baseball Team" by Mark Overton
De ole craff muss lay to all de same, till dar come anodder whif ob de wind!
"Afloat in the Forest" by Mayne Reid
He whiffed on discovering only one fish aboard the dinky.
"Motor Boat Boys Among the Florida Keys" by Louis Arundel

In poetry:

Where is now the sturdy gripe,—
Where the breath sedate,
That so lately whiffed the pipe
Toward the Spirit great?
"Nadowessian Death-Lament" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

So after getting all fired up about the NFL's chief official appearing Wednesday evening on the NFL Network, I totally whiffed and forgot to watch it.
He lasted four full innings, gave up nine hits, four runs (two earned) and a walk while whiffing a pair.
Nicklas Backstrom whiffed at loose pucks.
Romney swung at, whiffed tax plan question.
Katy Perry whiffed with her first Russell Brand-breakup ballad, the guitar-powered "Part of Me".
Donovan Whiffed On Chance To Make Us Believers.
Overall, the Phantoms went 2-for-9 on the power play on Tuesday, and whiffed on two different 5-on-3 advantages.
Jags have whiffed in free agent market and draft.
Basically, its sniffing and whiffing ways are simply a part of its nature.

In science:

As described by Whiffin , that use of the test was limited to relatively small deformations obtained from low velocity impacts.
Validation of the material point method and plasticity with Taylor impact tests