American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- adv. in the air; in the sky
- adv. above, overhead, in a high place; up
- adv. nautical in the top, at the masthead, or on the higher yards or rigging.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. On high; in the air; high above the ground.
- adv. (Naut.) In the top; at the mast head, or on the higher yards or rigging; overhead; hence (Fig. and Colloq.), in or to heaven.
- prep. obsolete Above; on top of.
- 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.
- From Old Norse á lopti ("in the sky"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Irrational economic exuberance brought other luxury touches, including hydraulic hinges that seemed to allow trunk lids end engine hoods to float up and remain aloft when open, as if by magic.”
“Young birds may remain aloft for two or even three years at a time.”
“Although mortally wounded on her final mission, the plane nevertheless "battled" to remain aloft so that her crew would have enough time to bail out. 74 This conceit is partly explained by the standard procedure for bailing out while in enemy territory.”
“The source of the alarm that has my colleagues chittering on the termite mound like meerkats on the veldt who have espied a Martial Eagle coursing aloft is a report in EU Reporter by Chris White:”
“He held the animal protein aloft, offering it to the visitor.”
“It gave us Washington -- it gave us liberty, and bears our name aloft among the nations of the earth.”
“In vain Mahoney strove to get the men to take turns in watching aloft from the mizzenmast for any chance vessel.”
“The officer at the front shouts an order, sword aloft, oblivious to his fallen comrade.”
“Riding Traveler was a guy dressed in a gaudy Trojans get-up, holding a sword aloft and exhorting the crowd.”
“Like The Bride in Kill Bill Vol. 1, and come back, sword aloft, duelling with Cameron in 2014.”
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