aloft

adverb
\ə-ˈlȯft \

Definition of aloft 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : at or to a great height measuring the winds aloft

2 : in the air especially : in flight (as in an airplane) meals served aloft

3 : at, on, or to the masthead or the higher rigging went aloft to unfurl the sails

aloft

preposition

Definition of aloft (Entry 2 of 2)

: on top of : above bright signs aloft hotels

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Synonyms & Antonyms for aloft

Synonyms: Adverb

above, over, overhead

Antonyms: Adverb

below, beneath, under

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Examples of aloft in a Sentence

Adverb

The balloon stayed aloft for days. the ease with which he can hold a ballerina aloft with one hand is awesome

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Unlike the old version, which was basically a quadcopter with a seat, this new version of Flyer features a complete cockpit and ten small rotors to keep the craft aloft. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Newest Design From Larry Page's Flying Car Company," 6 June 2018 There was never much hope or any great need for the Securities and Exchange Commission to go after Mr. Musk for pie-in-the-sky forecasts that investors knew were pie-in-the-sky and welcomed as Muskian gusts of hot air to keep the stock aloft. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Last Temptation of Elon Musk," 22 May 2018 Figure skater Adam Rippon competing during the free skate portion of the men's event in the 2018 Winter Olympics Rippon first drew notice on the ice at these Games when his team men’s free skate helped keep aloft the U.S.’s medal chances. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Skater Adam Rippon Exults After a Bronze-Medal-Worthy Olympic Turn: 'My Life Has Changed Forever'," 17 Feb. 2018 People are risking too much to keep the cover story aloft. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Getting to the Bottom of the Memo Cesspool," 1 Feb. 2018 The angry orange balloon has gotten the approval to go aloft from London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, and has drawn about 23,000 pounds (or roughly $30,000) in donations to a crowdfunding site. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Does London's Baby Trump deserve spot among 5 best Trump parodies?," 6 July 2018 Miss Earhart contacted the Itasca by radio only eight times during the 20 hours and 25 minutes she is known to have been aloft. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 3, 1937: Planes search for Amelia Earhart," 3 July 2018 Symbolically, as the two modern greats of the game packed their suitcases and returned home, Mbappe stood aloft, victorious. SI.com, "Kylian Mbappé's Announces Himself on the World Stage as Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi Bow Out," 2 July 2018 According to the National Weather Service, a large high pressure ridge at the surface and aloft developed across the Ohio Valley, resulting was May getting summer-worthy temperatures. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "May was Indy's warmest on record; here's what to expect in June," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of aloft

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aloft

Adverb

Middle English, from Old Norse ā lopt, from ā on, in + lopt air — more at on, loft

Preposition

see aloft entry 1

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The first known use of aloft was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for aloft

aloft

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of aloft

: in the air

aloft

adverb
\ə-ˈlȯft \

Kids Definition of aloft

1 : in the air or in flight The seven great birds stayed aloft about half an hour …— E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan

2 : at, on, or to the higher rigging of a ship

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