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aloft

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adverb \ə-ˈlȯft\

Definition of aloft

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

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

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

Examples of aloft in a sentence

  1. The balloon stayed aloft for days.

  2. the ease with which he can hold a ballerina aloft with one hand is awesome

Origin and Etymology of aloft

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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aloft

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Definition of aloft

  1. :  on top of :  above bright signs aloft hotels

Origin and Etymology of aloft

see 1aloft


First Known Use: 14th century


ALOFT Defined for English Language Learners

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aloft

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adverb \ə-ˈlȯft\

Definition of aloft for English Language Learners

  • : in the air


ALOFT Defined for Kids

aloft

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adverb \ə-ˈlȯft\

Definition of aloft for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  at, on, or to the higher rigging of a ship



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