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aloft

[uh-lawft, uh-loft] /əˈlɔft, əˈlɒft/
adverb
1.
high up; far above the ground.
2.
Nautical.
  1. on the masts; in the rigging; overhead.
  2. (on a square-rigged sailing ship) in the upper rigging, specifically, on or above the lower yards (opposed to alow).
3.
in or into the air.
preposition
4.
on or at the top of:
flags flying aloft the castle.
Origin of aloft
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English o loft; < Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see a-1, loft
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  • A good look-out was kept for men, from aloft, but none were seen from any of the vessels.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Saying no word, out of his lair he came with that terrible sword of his aloft.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • The celebrant kissed the tablet, and held it aloft before all the people.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • No living thing would that loathly one leave as aloft it flew.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • But from aloft Chris saw the trick and how the camouflage was worked.

    Raiders Invisible Desmond Winter Hall
  • Rucker's headin' in from the kitchen, bearin' aloft a platter of ham an' cabbage.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • The pianist groaned as the slave plucked at his arms and held them aloft.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • The gyrocopter that could carry them aloft, out of the rout, was fifty feet away.

    The Great Dome on Mercury Arthur Leo Zagat
  • One rose, still clutching the banner in his hand and waved it aloft.

British Dictionary definitions for aloft

aloft

/əˈlɒft/
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
1.
in or into a high or higher place; up above
2.
(nautical) in or into the rigging of a vessel
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see lift1, loft
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Word Origin and History for aloft
adv.

c.1200, from a Scandinavian source; cf. Old Norse a lopti "up above," literally "up in the air," from a "in, on" + lopt "sky, air, atmosphere; loft, upper room" (cf. Gothic luftus, Old High German luft, Old English lyft "air;" see loft).

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