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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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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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