Aloft
Aloft A*loft" (?; 115), adv. [Pref. a- + loft, which properly meant air. See {Loft}.] 1. On high; in the air; high above the ground. ``He steers his flight aloft.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) In the top; at the mast head, or on the higher yards or rigging; overhead; hence (Fig. and Colloq.), in or to heaven. [1913 Webster]


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  • Aloft — est un film documentaire américain réalisé par Robert Redford, dont la sortie est prévue en 2009. Synopsis Étude sur la migration du faucon pèlerin. Fiche Technique Réalisateur : Robert Redford Producteur : Robert Redford… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Aloft — A*loft , prep. Above; on top of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Fresh waters run aloft the sea. Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aloft — (adv.) c.1200, from a Scandinavian source, Cf. O.N. a lopti up above, lit. up in the air, from a in, on + lopt sky, air, atmosphere; loft, upper room (Cf. Goth. luftus, O.H.G. luft, O.E. lyft air; see LOFT (Cf. loft)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • aloft — ► ADJECTIVE & ADVERB ▪ up in or into the air. ORIGIN Old Norse …   English terms dictionary

  • aloft — [ə lôft′] adv. [ME < o, on, ON + loft < ON lopt: see LOFT] 1. far above the ground 2. in the air; flying 3. high above the deck of a ship; in the rigging or on a mast …   English World dictionary

  • aloft — I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse ā lopt, from ā on, in + lopt air more at on, loft Date: 13th century 1. at or to a great height < measuring the winds aloft > 2. in the air; especially in flight (as in an airplane) < meals… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aloft — [[t]əlɒ̱ft, AM əlɔ͟ːft[/t]] ADV: ADV after v, be ADV Something that is aloft is in the air or off the ground. [LITERARY] As they emerged from the court they held their arms aloft before crowds of cheering well wishers... Four of the nine starting …   English dictionary

  • aloft — adverb /əˈlɔːft,əˈlɒft/ a) in the air; in the sky high winds aloft b) above, overhead, in a high place; up …   Wiktionary

  • aloft — a|loft [əˈlɔft US əˈlo:ft] adv formal [Date: 1200 1300; : Old Norse; Origin: a lopt in the air ] high up in the air hold/bear sth aloft ▪ He emerged, triumphantly holding a baby aloft …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • aloft — /euh lawft , euh loft /, adv. 1. high up; far above the ground. 2. Naut. a. on the masts; in the rigging; overhead. b. (on a square rigged sailing ship) in the upper rigging, specifically, on or above the lower yards (opposed to alow). 3. in or… …   Universalium

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