aloft

[uh-lawft, uh-loft]
adverb
1.
high up; far above the ground.
2.
Nautical.
a.
on the masts; in the rigging; overhead.
b.
(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:
1150–1200; Middle English o loft; < Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see a-1, loft

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aloft (əˈlɒft)
 
adv, —adj
1.  in or into a high or higher place; up above
2.  nautical in or into the rigging of a vessel
 
[C12: from Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see lift1, loft]

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Word Origin & History

aloft
c.1200, from O.N. a lopti "up above," lit. "up in the air," from a "in, on" + lopt "sky, loft" (cf. Goth. luftus, O.H.G. luft, O.E. lyft "air;" see loft).
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Example sentences
At night they sleep aloft, high in the rain forest canopy.
There she stands, slowly lifting her arm aloft and holding it aloft with a
  carefully studied gesture.
Keeping drones aloft is not the only putative application of power beaming, as
  this technology is known.
By dragging the bodies of large animals aloft it hopes to keep them safe from
  scavengers such as hyenas.
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