aloft


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a·loft

 (ə-lôft′, ə-lŏft′)
adv.
1. In or into a high place; high or higher up: The balloon was drifting aloft on the wind.
2. Up in or into the air: The plane was quickly aloft.
3. Nautical At or toward the upper rigging.
prep.
On or above: birds perching aloft telephone wires.

[Middle English, from Old Norse ā lopt : ā, in; see an- in Indo-European roots + lopt, air.]

aloft

(əˈlɒft)
adv, adj (postpositive)
1. in or into a high or higher place; up above
2. (Nautical Terms) nautical in or into the rigging of a vessel
[C12: from Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see lift1, loft]

a•loft

(əˈlɔft, əˈlɒft)

adv.
1. high up; far above the ground.
2. on the masts; in the rigging or upper rigging.
3. in or into the air.
prep.
4. on or at the top of: flags flying aloft the castle.
[1150–1200; Middle English o loft < Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see a-1, loft]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.aloft - at or on or to the masthead or upper rigging of a shipaloft - at or on or to the masthead or upper rigging of a ship; "climbed aloft to unfurl the sail"
2.aloft - upwardaloft - upward; "the good news sent her spirits aloft"
3.aloft - at or to great heightaloft - at or to great height; high up in or into the air; "eagles were soaring aloft"; "dust is whirled aloft"
4.aloft - in the higher atmosphere above the earthaloft - in the higher atmosphere above the earth; "weather conditions aloft are fine"

aloft

adjective
1. in the air, up, higher, above, overhead, in the sky, on high, high up, up above Four of the nine balloons were still aloft the next day.
adverb
1. upward, skyward, heavenward He lifted the cup aloft.
Translations
عَالِيَاً، مُرْتَفِعاً
ve vzduchuvysoko nahoře
højt hævethøjt oppe
hátt uppi, ofar jörîu
augšāaugšup
yukarıyukarıda

aloft

[əˈlɒft] ADV (liter) (= above) → arriba; (= upward) → hacia arriba (Naut) → en or a la arboladura

aloft

[əˈlɒft] adv
(= in the air) → en l'air
(NAUTICAL, NAVAL)dans la mâture

aloft

adv (= into the air)empor; (= in the air)hoch droben; (Naut) → oben in der Takelung; to go aloft (Naut) → in die Takelung hinaufklettern

aloft

[əˈlɒft] advin alto (Naut) → sull'alberatura

aloft

(əˈloft) adverb
high up; overhead. He held the banner aloft.
References in classic literature ?
Here where the tarantula's den is, riseth aloft an ancient temple's ruins--just behold it with enlightened eyes!
Verily, he who here towered aloft his thoughts in stone, knew as well as the wisest ones about the secret of life!
The tall masts holding aloft the white canvas, spread out like a snare for catching the invisible power of the air, emerge gradually from the water, sail after sail, yard after yard, growing big, till, under the towering structure of her machinery, you perceive the insignificant, tiny speck of her hull.
Such an experience gives you a better impression of the loftiness of your spars than any amount of running aloft could do.
I had passed the forest, and had come, as it were, to the legs of the old stone Witch who sits up aloft there forever waiting for the world to die.
Great Washington, too, stands high aloft on his towering main-mast in Baltimore, and like one of Hercules' pillars, his column marks that point of human grandeur beyond which few mortals will go.
Curse thee, thou vain toy; and cursed be all the things that cast man's eyes aloft to that heaven, whose live vividness but scorches him, as these old eyes are even now scorched with thy light, O sun
Let me pause for a minute to look out over the sea sparkling in the sun, or to gaze at a sailor going aloft to the gaff-topsails, or running out the bowsprit, and I am sure to hear the hateful voice, "'Ere, you, 'Ump, no sodgerin'.
AN EAGLE, flying down from his perch on a lofty rock, seized upon a lamb and carried him aloft in his talons.
Not otherwise than when a kite, tremendous bird, is beheld by the feathered generation soaring aloft, and hovering over their heads, the amorous dove, and every innocent little bird, spread wide the alarm, and fly trembling to their hiding-places.
This invaluable fruit, brought to perfection by the rich soil of the Marquesas, and home aloft on a stately column more than a hundred feet from the ground, would seem at first almost inaccessible to the simple natives.
Young Partington poured forth the bright yellow wine and holding the glass aloft, cried, "Here is to the health and long happiness of my royal mistress, the noble Queen Eleanor; and may my journey and her desirings soon have end, and I find a certain stout yeoman men call Robin Hood.