• WordNet 3.6
    • n wafer thin disk of unleavened bread used in a religious service (especially in the celebration of the Eucharist)
    • n wafer a small thin crisp cake or cookie
    • n wafer a small adhesive disk of paste; used to seal letters
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1700s, European women achieved a pale complexion by eating "Arsenic Complexion Wafers" actually made with the poison.
    • Wafer (Cookery) A thin cake made of flour and other ingredients. "Wafers piping hot out of the gleed.""The curious work in pastry, the fine cakes, wafers , and marchpanes.""A woman's oaths are wafers break with making"
    • Wafer (Eccl) A thin cake or piece of bread (commonly unleavened, circular, and stamped with a crucifix or with the sacred monogram) used in the Eucharist, as in the Roman Catholic Church.
    • Wafer An adhesive disk of dried paste, made of flour, gelatin, isinglass, or the like, and coloring matter, -- used in sealing letters and other documents.
    • Wafer Any thin but rigid plate of solid material, esp. of discoidal shape; -- a term used commonly to refer to the thin slices of silicon used as starting material for the manufacture of integrated circuits.
    • v. t Wafer To seal or close with a wafer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wafer In photography, chemicals employed in developing, compressed into a flat cake to be dissolved in water for use.
    • n wafer A thin cake or leaf of paste, generally disk-shaped. Specifically
    • n wafer A small and delicate cake or biscuit, usually sweetened, variously flavored, and sometimes rolled up.
    • n wafer A thin circular disk of unleavened bread used in the celebration of the eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church and in many Anglican churches. The wafer derives its form from the fact that the bread of the Jews was ordinarily in this shape; and both the ancient pictured representations and the references in the early patristic literature confirm the opinion that this was the form in use in the church from the apostolic days. Wafers are usually stamped with the form of a cross, crucifix, or Agnus Dei, with the initials I. H. S., or sometimes with a monogram representing the name of Christ. See altar-bread, and oblate, n., 2.
    • n wafer A thin disk of dried paste, used for sealing letters, fastening documents together, and similar purposes, usually made of flour mixed with water, gum, and some nonpoisonous coloring matter. Fancy transparent wafers are made of gelatin and isinglass in a variety of forms.
    • n wafer In artillery, a kind of primer. See primer.
    • n wafer In medicine, a thin circular sheet of dry paste used to facilitate the swallowing of powders. The sheet is moistened, and folded over the powder placed in its center. Sometimes wafers have the form of two watchglass-shaped disks of pasty material, which are made to adhere by moistening their edges, the powder being placed in the hollow between the two.
    • wafer To attach by means of a wafer or wafers.
    • wafer To seal or close by means of a wafer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wafer wā′fėr a thin round cake of unleavened bread, usually stamped with a cross, an Agnus Dei, the letters I.H.S., &c., used in the Eucharist in the R.C. Church: a thin leaf of coloured paste for sealing letters, &c.: a thin cake of paste used to facilitate the swallowing of powders
    • v.t Wafer to close with a wafer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wafre, OF. waufre, qaufre, F. qaufre,; of Teutonic origin; cf. LG. & D. wafel, G. waffel, Dan. vaffel, Sw. våffla,; all akin to G. wabe, a honeycomb, OHG. waba, being named from the resemblance to a honeycomb. G. wabe, is probably akin to E. weave,. See Weave, and cf. Waffle Gauffer


In literature:

A wafer was brought him.
"The Story of Nelson" by W.H.G. Kingston
The floor was deep in shavings, long, curly, wafer-coloured, semi-transparent.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I shall want a whole box of wafers.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
Wafer (America) was disqualified for going outside the wood.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
Lavington, you have a wafer?
"The Triumph Of Night" by Edith Wharton
Now take some wafers, not too thin and cut them in squares similar to those used by druggists.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
A wafer was brought him.
"The Grateful Indian" by W.H.G. Kingston
After school, a glass of milk with two or three Graham wafers may be given.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
It was about as large around as a wafer, but somewhat thicker.
"Rollo's Experiments" by Jacob Abbott
The outfit of a library table would scarcely be complete without wax, wafer irons, and seals.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess

In poetry:

Faun's flesh is not to us,
Nor the saint's vision.
We have the press for wafer;
Franchise for circumcision.
"E.P. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre" by Ezra Pound
An outcast he who dared not take
The wafer that God's vicars break,
But dull-eyed watched his neighbours pass
With shining faces from the Mass.
"The Song Of The Young Page" by Theodosia Garrison
A king lies dead, his wafer duly eaten,
His gold-bought masses given;
And Rome's great altar smokes with gums to sweeten
Her foulest gift to Heaven.
"In Remembrance Of Joseph Sturge" by John Greenleaf Whittier
He scowls purse-lipped. She yawns, and throws
Her arms in scarecrow crucifixion.
Clear of the hills, light’s wafer shows
In world-without-end benediction.
"Daybreak" by Gwen Harwood
What time for books and music, when
The lambs were bleating in their pen,
The chickens peeping at the door;
The rodent gnawing at the churn,
The buckwheat wafers crisped to burn,
The kettle boiling o'er?
"Never Had A Chance" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Q&A: Guinness global strategy and communications director Grainne Wafer .
Articles Tagged with " wafer surface cleaning".
Items Tagged with ' wafer surface cleaning'.
REC Pulls Plug on Norwegian Solar- Wafer Unit.
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Items Tagged with ' wafer style'.
Getting what for on the wafer .
The industry first starting using 200-mm wafers in 1991 and then switched to 300-mm wafers in 2001.
SCHOTT Solar and WACKER Chemie AG plan to set up two joint ventures to produce and market silicon wafers for solar applications.
Samsung, LG hope billion dollar bets on new wafer-thin TV display will boost flagging sales.
While pudding is cooking use a 13x9 baking pan and layer wafers, bananas , and pudding.
The classic comfort dessert made with Nilla wafers was just OK and not something my mother ever really made.
The new line is to be called " Cracker Jack'd" containing snack mixes, popcorn clusters, and "power bites" wafers.
Enpiron said the film can be deposited on top of 6 to 8 inch CMOS wafers to increase power performance and device life.

In science:

Several position scans along the wafers and their borders were performed to investigate the response homogeneity.
CALICE Si/W electromagnetic calorimeter prototype, first testbeam results
Each wafer has a border of about 1 mm of non-active zone.
CALICE Si/W electromagnetic calorimeter prototype, first testbeam results
Figure 3. The variable capacitor consists of two wafers (A+B), which are next bonded and released (C).
Characterisation of an Electrostatic Vibration Harvester
Electrical contacts are used for insitu monitoring of the quantum Hall effect. b) Design of the wafer material.
Towards quantum optics and entanglement with electron spin ensembles in semiconductors
As shown in Figure 2, the OKI SOI process consists of an n-type detector wafer, with n- and ptype implants.
A Sensor with Analog and Digital Pixels in 0.15 micron SOI Technology