from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In or into a high place; high or higher up.
- adv. Nautical At or toward the upper rigging.
- prep. On or above: birds perching aloft telephone wires.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. in the air; in the sky
- adv. above, overhead, in a high place; up
- adv. in the top, at the masthead, or on the higher yards or rigging.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. On high; in the air; high above the ground.
- adv. In the top; at the mast head, or on the higher yards or rigging; overhead; hence (Fig. and Colloq.), in or to heaven.
- prep. Above; on top of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- On high; in or into the air; high above the ground: as, the eagle soars aloft.
- Nautical, in or into the top; at the masthead, or on the higher yards or rigging; hence, on the upper part, as of a building.
- On the top or surface of; above.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in the higher atmosphere above the earth
- adv. at or on or to the masthead or upper rigging of a ship
- adv. at or to great height; high up in or into the air
- adv. upward
Middle English, from Old Norse ā lopt : ā, in; see an- in Indo-European roots + lopt, air.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse á lopti ("in the sky"). (Wiktionary)