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Dictionary Definition

wafer

Noun

1 a small adhesive disk of paste; used to seal letters
2 a small thin crisp cake or cookie
3 thin disk of unleavened bread used in a religious service (especially in the celebration of the Eucharist)

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. a light, thin, flat biscuit.
  2. a thin disk of consecrated unleavened bread used in communion.
  3. a thin disk of silicon or other semiconductor on which an electronic circuit is produced.

Synonyms

Translations

biscuit
religious token
electronics

Italian

Etymology

Noun

wafer
  1. wafer (biscuit and electronic component)

Extensive Definition

In cooking, a wafer is a crisp, sweet, very thin, flat, and dry cake, often used to decorate ice cream. Wafers can also be made into cookies with cream flavoring sandwiched between them. They frequently have a waffle surface pattern but may also be patterned with insignia of the food's manufacturer or may be patternless.
The word also refers to the special small round flat breads made for Anglican Holy Communion services; the word host is used in the Roman Catholic liturgy. These holy wafers often have an image of the crucified Christ imprinted on them.
In the spa towns of the Slovak Republic (e.g. Piešťany, etc.) special "spa wafers" (kúpeľné oplátky) are produced.
In the spa towns of the Czech Republic (e.g. Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně, etc.) special "spa wafers" (lázeňské oplatky) are produced.
Christmas wafers, whose patterns often depict religious scenes, are an Eastern European Roman Catholic Christmas tradition celebrated in Polish, Slovak, Lithuanian and Italian families during Wigilia (Christmas Eve Vigil).

References

wafer in German: Oblate (Gebäck)
wafer in Japanese: ウエハース
wafer in Polish: opłatek
wafer in Russian: Вафля
wafer in Swedish: oblat
wafer in Hebrew: ופלה

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Brussels biscuit, Communion, Eucharist, Holy Communion, Host, Last Supper, Melba toast, Sacrament Sunday, altar bread, biscuit, bread, bread and wine, coat, coating, collop, consecrated bread, consecrated elements, consubstantiation, covering, cracker, cut, deal, disk, elements, feuille, film, flap, foil, fold, graham cracker, gruel, hardtack, impanation, intinction, lamella, lamina, laminated glass, laminated wood, lap, lath, leaf, loaf, membrane, mere shadow, pane, panel, paper, patina, peel, pellicle, pilot biscuit, plait, plank, plate, plating, ply, plywood, pretzel, rail, rake, rasher, real presence, rusk, safety glass, saltine, scum, sea biscuit, shadow, shaving, sheet, ship biscuit, sinker, skeleton, skin, slab, slat, slice, slip, soda cracker, soup, splinter, streak, subpanation, table, tablet, the Holy Sacrament, the Sacrament, transubstantiation, vein, veneer, zwieback
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