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aloft

[ uh-lawft, uh-loft ]
/ əˈlɔft, əˈlɒft /
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adverb

high up; far above the ground.
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).
in or into the air.

preposition

on or at the top of: flags flying aloft the castle.

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Origin of aloft

1150–1200; Middle English o loft;<Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see a-1, loft
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British Dictionary definitions for aloft

aloft
/ (əˈlɒft) /

adverb, adjective (postpositive)

in or into a high or higher place; up above
nautical in or into the rigging of a vessel
C12: from Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see lift 1, loft
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