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 ?
Laurence looked so alarming and spoke so sharply that Jo would have gladly run away, if she could, but she was perched aloft on the steps, and he stood at the foot, a lion in the path, so she had to stay and brave it out.
It would be an omission, trifling, indeed, but unpardonable, were we to forget the green moss that had long since gathered over the projections of the windows, and on the slopes of the roof nor must we fail to direct the reader's eye to a crop, not of weeds, but flower-shrubs, which were growing aloft in the air, not a great way from the chimney, in the nook between two of the gables.
The earliest riser, coming forth in the dim twilight, would perceive a vaguely-defined figure aloft on the place of shame; and half-crazed betwixt alarm and curiosity, would go knocking from door to door, summoning all the people to behold the ghost -- as he needs must think it -- of some defunct transgressor.
I was lifted aloft on a great wave of infatuation and pity.
of ships from China; some high aloft in the rigging, as if striving to get a still better seaward peep.
But suddenly in the distance, they saw a great heap of tumultuous white water, and soon after news came from aloft that one or both the boats must be fast.
Suddenly some of the steam begins to advance, and, peering through it, you discern Aunt Elizabeth, Ona's stepmother--Teta Elzbieta, as they call her--bearing aloft a great platter of stewed duck.
It must be observed that one of Sam's especial delights had been to ride in attendance on his master to all kinds of political gatherings, where, roosted on some rail fence, or perched aloft in some tree, he would sit watching the orators, with the greatest apparent gusto, and then, descending among the various brethren of his own color, assembled on the same errand, he would edify and delight them with the most ludicrous burlesques and imitations, all delivered with the most imperturbable earnestness and solemnity; and though the auditors immediately about him were generally of his own color, it not unfrequently happened that they were fringed pretty deeply with those of a fairer complexion, who listened, laughing and winking, to Sam's great self-congratulation.
four furious volcanoes pouring vast clouds of radiant smoke aloft, and spreading a blinding rainbowed noonday to the furthest confines of that valley.
Of course we frequently manned the poles and shoved earnestly for a second or so, but every time one of those spurts of dust and debris shot aloft every man dropped his pole and looked up to get the bearings of his share of it.
Once, he went aloft, and the rope broke, and they caught him shrieking; twice, he went aloft, and the rope broke, and they caught him shrieking; then, the rope was merciful, and held him, and his head was soon upon a pike, with grass enough in the mouth for all Saint Antoine to dance at the sight of.
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.