floating or borne on the water; in a floating condition: The ship was set afloat.
on board a ship, boat, raft, etc.; at sea: cargo afloat and ashore.
covered with water; flooded; awash: The main deck was afloat.
moving without being guided or controlled; drifting.
passing from place to place; in circulation: A rumor is afloat.
free of major trouble, especially financially solvent: to keep a venture afloat.
Origin: before 1000; Middle English, Old English on flote. Related forms