aloft

adverb
\ ə-ˈlȯft How to pronounce aloft (audio) \

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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The main weapon is boosted aloft atop a ballistic missile to high altitudes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China: Our Hypersonic Missiles Can Sink U.S. Aircraft Carriers," 23 Jan. 2019 Stronger winds aloft will also increase the likelihood of severe weather, including heavy downpours. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Pleasant Monday belies impending storm threat," 25 June 2018 We got stuck in a persistent southerly wind pattern aloft that brought wave after wave of tropical moisture our way, including Alberto. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "The rain may be over, but Lake Lanier remains unsafe for swimmers," 5 June 2018 Other players, Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft took turns holding aloft the Lombardi Trophy. Philip Marcelo, The Seattle Times, "What a (familiar) feeling: Boston fetes Super Bowl winners," 6 Feb. 2019 The utility released new information this week indicating that one of its power lines near where the Camp Fire started Nov. 8 came apart immediately beforehand and fell from the metal tower that held it aloft. Russell Gold, WSJ, "PG&E Falsified Gas Safety Records, California Claims," 14 Dec. 2018 But into this mess sails — quite literally, on a gust of wind, holding her signature umbrella aloft — Mary Poppins herself, returned to take care of her former charges. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mary Poppins Returns — with a sadder story and forgettable songs," 12 Dec. 2018 And right in the middle of the map is the biggest change of all: a floating island, held aloft over Loot Lake and a twisting vortex. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite moves so fast that I’ve already forgotten about the cube," 27 Sep. 2018 Add to that weaker than normal winds aloft — about where airplanes fly — that usually shred storms. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Science Says: Hawaii hurricanes rare, but getting less so," 24 Aug. 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 and Preposition

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

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

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aloft

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of aloft

: in the air

aloft

adverb
\ ə-ˈlȯft How to pronounce aloft (audio) \

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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