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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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  • The wind was very light, and studding-sails were set alow and aloft.

    Outward Bound Oliver Optic
  • A good look-out was kept for men, from aloft, but none were seen from any of the vessels.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • They came—the last stopping the boat—throwing it aloft—letting it drop—and crests of angry waves curled over the side.

    The Rainbow Trail Zane Grey
  • Saying no word, out of his lair he came with that terrible sword of his aloft.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • And we could hear Ed Gurney whoop when he held a tin of it aloft.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • The celebrant kissed the tablet, and held it aloft before all the people.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • With eyes now turned from aloft to ahead, we retyped our seamanship to meet the altered conditions of the veer in our outlook.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • No living thing would that loathly one leave as aloft it flew.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • At least, if thou art harmed because of this loose quean, my axe will be aloft.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for aloft

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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