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loft (n.)

"an upper chamber," c. 1300, an extended sense from late Old English loft "the sky; the sphere of the air," from Old Norse lopt (Scandinavian -pt- pronounced like -ft-) "air, sky," originally "upper story, loft, attic," from Proto-Germanic *luftuz "air, sky" (source also of Old English lyft, Dutch lucht, Old High German luft, German Luft, Gothic luftus "air").

If this is correct, the sense development would be from "loft, ceiling" to "sky, air." Buck suggests a further connection with Old High German louft "bark," louba "roof, attic," etc., with development from "bark" to "roof made of bark" to "ceiling," though this did not directly inform the meaning "air, sky" (compare lodge (n.)). But Watkins says this is "probably a separate Germanic root." Meaning "gallery in a church" first attested c. 1500. From 1520s as "apartment over a stable" used for hay storage, etc.

loft (v.)

"to hit a ball high in the air," 1856, originally in golf, from loft (n.). Compare sky (v.) in the modern slang sense. An earlier sense was "to put a loft on" (a building), 1560s; also "to store (goods) in a loft" (1510s). Related: Lofted; lofting.

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Definitions of loft
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loft (v.)
store in a loft;
loft (v.)
propel through the air;
The rocket lofted the space shuttle into the air
loft (v.)
kick or strike high in the air;
loft a ball
loft (v.)
lay out a full-scale working drawing of the lines of a vessel's hull;
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loft (n.)
floor consisting of a large unpartitioned space over a factory or warehouse or other commercial space;
loft (n.)
floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage;
Synonyms: attic / garret
loft (n.)
(golf) the backward slant on the head of some golf clubs that is designed to drive the ball high in the air;
loft (n.)
a raised shelter in which pigeons are kept;
Synonyms: pigeon loft
From wordnet.princeton.edu