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afloat

[uh-floht] /əˈfloʊt/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English on flote. See a-1, float
Related forms
half-afloat, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for halfafloat

afloat

/əˈfləʊt/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
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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Word Origin and History for halfafloat

afloat

adj.

Old English aflote, on flot, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + float (v.).

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