Additional information about Chaff:

Chaff is used as a defensive weapon. Chaff is made of hairlike strands of aluminum cut to several exact lengths. The different sizes of the aluminum strands correspond to a particular frequency of tracking RADAR. By combining different sets of stranded aluminum, you can confuse a wide variety of RADAR-guided missiles.

To deploy the chaff, a small explosive is used to expel the strands out of a sealed container. In the Navy, these charges are called squibs. Squibs are electrically fired. This creates a large cloud of chaff, which creates a huge target for the RADAR-guided missile. The aircraft will fly a pattern to minimize the missile getting a lucky hit as it goes through the cloud. After the missile is past the cloud, it continues on its way, looking for a target which should now be behind the missile. It flies off and crashes when the fuel is expended.

Other uses for chaff:

This stuff is worse than fiberglass. If you really want to screw someone over, put a tiny bit on their bed. It will give them a rash, and it is exceptionally itchy.

Another form of chaff (ok, I'm showing my age here) came from old teletype machines that had paper tape capabilities. The tiny circles of paper that were punched out of the tape were the best form of confetti you could get. Dump a little on someone, it stayed all day, sometimes two. A sprinkle in their hair would require hours to pick out.

Ummm... not that I ever did these :P

"CHAFF is a publication by the Massey University Student's Association (MUSA), incorporating the Massey University College of Education Student's Association (MUCESA) and the Universal College of Learning Student's Association (UCOL-SA). CHAFF is also a member of the Aotearoa Student Press Association (ASPA)".
   - Chaff disclaimer

Translation: Chaff is the student newspaper of the tertiary institutions of Palmerston North.

Chaff is a weekly publication during the tertiary year and contains news, humour, columns, competitions, reviews, classifieds, horoscopes, and everyones favourite: Ask Uncle Trev.

Online sections of Chaff can be found at

Chaff (?), n. [AC. ceaf; akin to D. kaf, G. kaff.]


The glumes or husks of grains and grasses separated from the seed by threshing and winnowing, etc.

So take the corn and leave the chaff behind.

Old birds are not caught with chaff.
Old Proverb.


Anything of a comparatively light and worthless character; the refuse part of anything.

The chaff and ruin of the times.


Straw or hay cut up fine for the food of cattle.

By adding chaff to his corn, the horse must take more time to eat it. In this way chaff is very useful.


Light jesting talk; banter; raillery.

5. Bot.

The scales or bracts on the receptacle, which subtend each flower in the heads of many Compositae, as the sunflower.


Chaff cutter, a machine for cutting, up straw, etc., into "chaff" for the use of cattle.


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Chaff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Chaffed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Chaffing.]

To use light, idle language by way of fun or ridicule; to banter.


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Chaff, v. t.

To make fun of; to turn into ridicule by addressing in ironical or bantering language; to quiz.

Morgan saw that his master was chaffing him.

A dozen honest fellows . . . chaffed each other about their sweethearts.
C. Kingsley.


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