[ə'lɒft] or [ə'lɔft]
(adv.) in the higher atmosphere above the earth; 'weather conditions aloft are fine'.
(adv.) at or to great height; high up in or into the air; 'eagles were soaring aloft'; 'dust is whirled aloft'.
(adv.) upward; 'the good news sent her spirits aloft'.
(adv.) at or on or to the masthead or upper rigging of a ship; 'climbed aloft to unfurl the sail'.
Typed by Clint--From WordNet
(adv.) On high; in the air; high above the ground.
(adv.) In the top; at the mast head, or on the higher yards or rigging; overhead; hence (Fig. and Colloq.), in or to heaven.
(prep.) Above; on top of.
Edited by Alta
Synonyms and Synonymous
ad. Above, overhead, on high.
adv. on high: overhead: at a great height: (naut.) above the deck at the masthead: sometimes used as equivalent to aloof (Mad. D'Arblay).
- Some sailors being aloft in the main-topsail rigging, the captain had ordered them to race down, threatening the hindmost with the cat-of-nine-tails. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South.
- In a flash the operator switched on the current and the two men stood as if transfixed, hanging desperately to their weapons that were held aloft as by some giant’s hand. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- The cat plays about her comrade's forefeet or his trunk often, until dogs approach, and then she goes aloft out of danger. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- No longer a serf, but a freeman and a landholder, Gurth sprung upon his feet, and twice bounded aloft to almost his own height from the ground. Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- He waved his arms aloft, where the brilliant sky smiled down on the still waters. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- The adults stood aloft upon their toes and their mighty tails, their talons pruning every available leaf and twig. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.
- A signal legible to every sailor of all the fleets engaged in that fierce struggle was strung aloft upon the flagship. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.
- As far aloft as I could see the stems and branches and twigs were as smooth and as highly polished as the newest of American-made pianos. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.
- A few larger ones there were, but these kept high aloft dropping bombs upon the temples from their keel batteries. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.
- Clambering quickly aloft I grasped the edge of the eaves and drew myself to the surface of the roof above. Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Princess of Mars.
- We wished to go aloft. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- The sides are daubed with a smooth white plaster, and tastefully frescoed aloft and alow with disks of camel-dung placed there to dry. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- We loitered about gazing aloft at the monster windows all aglow with brilliantly colored scenes in the lives of the Saviour and his followers. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- Mr Boffin, for his part, made no attempt to come down, but remained aloft disconsolate. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- He stood for a few minutes holding the candle aloft, and blinking on our travellers with a dismal and mystified expression that was truly ludicrous. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- She plunged her arm, bare and herculean, behind the aforementioned sofa, and holding aloft a section of wood, called out in a mood of discovery: 'Is that it? Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- I got the key, and went aloft fearless, almost thoughtless. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- Here aloft, the companions of the swift-winged birds, we skim through the unresisting element, fleetly and fearlessly. Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- Three quintals are a crushing load for him; the steer of the meadow tosses him aloft, like a waste rag. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.