• (British) IPA: /ˈweɪfə/

wafer (plural wafers)

  1. A light, thin, flat biscuit/cookie.
  2. (christianity) A thin disk of consecrated unleavened bread used in communion.
  3. A soft disk originally made of flour, and later of gelatin or a similar substance, used to seal letters, attach papers etc.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 202:
      The house supplied him with a wafer for his present purpose, with which, having sealed his letter, he returned hastily towards the brook side, in order to search for the things which he had there lost.
  4. (electronics) A thin disk of silicon or other semiconductor on which an electronic circuit is produced.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: wafer
  • German: Wafer, Halbleiterscheibe
  • Italian: lamella, dischetto
  • Portuguese: wafer
  • Russian: подло́жка
  • Spanish: oblea

wafer (wafers, present participle wafering; past and past participle wafered)

  1. (transitive) To seal or fasten with a wafer.
    • 1775, Frances Burney, Journals & Letters, Penguin 2001, 4 March:
      [M]y Father, who knew he was well, wafered the paragraph upon a sheet of paper, and sent to his Lodgings.
    • 1913, Joseph Conrad, Chance, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, p. 81:
      [T]he beginning of de Barral's end became manifest to the public in the shape of a half-sheet of note-paper wafered by the four corners on the closed door […].

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