- floating or borne on the water; in a floating condition: The ship was set afloat.
- on board a ship, boat, raft, etc.; at sea: cargo afloat and ashore.
- covered with water; flooded; awash: The main deck was afloat.
- moving without being guided or controlled; drifting.
- passing from place to place; in circulation: A rumor is afloat.
- free of major trouble, especially financially solvent: to keep a venture afloat.
Origin of afloat
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Examples from the Web for afloat
They are the ones who generate the goods and services, the advertising dollars and tax revenue, that keep the rest of us afloat.The Benefits of Business Experience
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Sheldon Adelson kept Newt afloat long after the voters stopped caring.Mitt Romney Clinches: What We Learned From 2012 Republican Race
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That keeps him afloat with some forward direction, especially given the upcoming primary states where he has a demographic edge.
A thousand schemes were afloat in his mind about the future, of the most improbable kind.Life in London
How it had got afloat upon the sea, is more than I can tell you.The Three Golden Apples
He had been sea-sick, but she had seemed unaware of the fact that she was afloat on a rough sea.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
I never was more completely adrift, in my life, ashore or afloat.
I could not swim a stroke, and it crossed my mind to get one of the sweeps to keep me afloat.
- aboard ship; at sea
- covered with water; flooded
- aimlessly driftingafloat in a sea of indecision
- in circulation; afootnasty rumours were afloat
- free of debt; solvent
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Word Origin and History for afloat
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