from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In a floating position or condition.
- adv. On a boat or ship away from the shore; at sea.
- adv. In circulation; prevailing: Rumors are afloat.
- adv. Awash; flooded.
- adv. Drifting about; moving without guidance.
- adv. Free or out of difficulty, especially financial difficulty: couldn't keep the business afloat.
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- adv. floating
- adv. out at sea
- adv. making successful progress under one's own steam
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Borne on the water; floating; on board ship.
- adv. Moving; passing from place to place; in general circulation.
- adv. Unfixed; moving without guide or control; adrift.
- adv. Covered with water bearing floating articles; flooded.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Borne on the water; in a floating condition: as, the ship is afloat.
- Figuratively, moving; passing from place to place; in circulation: as, a rumor is afloat.
- Unfixed; moving without guide or control: as, our affairs are all afloat.
- In a state of overflow; flooded: as, the main deck was afloat.
- On board ship; at sea: as,cargo afloat and ashore.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. aimlessly drifting
- adj. covered with water
- adj. borne on the water; floating
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