from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In a floating position or condition.
- adv. On a boat or ship away from the shore; at sea.
- adv. In circulation; prevailing: Rumors are afloat.
- adv. Awash; flooded.
- adv. Drifting about; moving without guidance.
- adv. Free or out of difficulty, especially financial difficulty: couldn't keep the business afloat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. floating
- adv. out at sea
- adv. making successful progress under one's own steam
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Borne on the water; floating; on board ship.
- adv. Moving; passing from place to place; in general circulation.
- adv. Unfixed; moving without guide or control; adrift.
- adv. Covered with water bearing floating articles; flooded.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Borne on the water; in a floating condition: as, the ship is afloat.
- Figuratively, moving; passing from place to place; in circulation: as, a rumor is afloat.
- Unfixed; moving without guide or control: as, our affairs are all afloat.
- In a state of overflow; flooded: as, the main deck was afloat.
- On board ship; at sea: as,cargo afloat and ashore.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. aimlessly drifting
- adj. covered with water
- adj. borne on the water; floating
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Furthermore, your claim that defense spending keeps our economy afloat is also ridiculous.
it is disappointing that 'girl friendly' doesn't equal sales and that to keep the title afloat DC may have to return to 'perv horndog friendly' tactics.
While QANTAS are certainly showing signs of agility, the primary factor keeping the group afloat is the success of their Low Cost Carrier brand Jetstar.
HAMILTON: What keeps them afloat is the bestsellers.
In fact, the only thing keeping them even close to afloat is the massive amount of junk mail (dead tree spam) they deliver, and the fact that we need a nice fat paper trail of our financial transactions to prove our compliance with the tax code (statements, bills, etc) in the event of an audit.
The paltry 34 billion that the “American Auto makers” need to stay afloat is nothing compared to the seven trillion we have spent covering the bankers bets.
The only thing that keeps him and his family afloat is the fact that he earns enough to pay for it.
So on the walk this morning I was wondering what else to add to the list, just to do my bit to keep Amazin afloat, you understand.
But I don't think it matters because the Minnow, while still technically afloat, is already lost at sea.
Trying to keep a hiccupping business alive and keeping my name afloat at the same time.