half-afloat

afloat

[uh-floht]
adverb, adjective
1.
floating or borne on the water; in a floating condition: The ship was set afloat.
2.
on board a ship, boat, raft, etc.; at sea: cargo afloat and ashore.
3.
covered with water; flooded; awash: The main deck was afloat.
4.
moving without being guided or controlled; drifting.
5.
passing from place to place; in circulation: A rumor is afloat.
6.
free of major trouble, especially financially solvent: to keep a venture afloat.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English on flote. See a-1, float

half-afloat, adjective
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afloat (əˈfləʊt)
 
adj, —adv
1.  floating
2.  aboard ship; at sea
3.  covered with water; flooded
4.  aimlessly drifting: afloat in a sea of indecision
5.  in circulation; afoot: nasty rumours were afloat
6.  free of debt; solvent

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afloat
O.E. aflote, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + float (q.v.).
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