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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
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English o loft; < Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see a-1, loft
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  • Both are essentially spinning wings that stay aloft thanks to aerodynamic lift and gyroscopic stability.
  • The craft, which is powered by its own electricity and can stay aloft for months, feeds electricity to the ground through a cable.
  • Such blimps can keep surveillance and ordnance-guiding equipment aloft for a few hundred dollars an hour.
  • Modern birds use their legs to launch and their wings to stay aloft.
  • Montague could simply hold the proper end of the car aloft while someone else attached the spare.
  • It can stay aloft in the stratosphere for up to four days, powered by hydrogen.
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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