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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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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