- on the masts; in the rigging; overhead.
- (on a square-rigged sailing ship) in the upper rigging, specifically, on or above the lower yards (opposed to alow).
Origin of aloft
Examples from the Web for aloft
There was a sense of standing together on the precipice, but holding each other aloft by sheer will, conjoined by rage.‘The Normal Heart’ and Hope in the Battlefield of AIDS|Michael Musto|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then all heads being uncovered below and aloft, the chaplain read the solemn service of the dead.Hard Cash|Charles Reade
Aloft in the crow's-nest the lookout lowered his eyes from scouring the horizon to stare at Prester Kleig—who was pointing.
He held them aloft in triumph, treading water while he held the other's head under the sea as a punishment for his thievery.The Boy Aviators in Africa|Wilbur Lawton
Dromund took the sword, at once raised it aloft and struck a blow at Angle.Grettir The Strong|Unknown
To add to their misfortune, two men were blown overboard, from aloft, and drowned.
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
Word Origin for aloft
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).