What does afloat mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adrift(p), afloat(p), aimless, directionless, planless, rudderless, undirectedadjective

    aimlessly drifting

  2. afloat(p)adjective

    borne on the water; floating

  3. afloat(p), awash(p), flooded, inundated, overflowingadjective

    covered with water

    "the main deck was afloat (or awash)"; "the monsoon left the whole place awash"; "a flooded bathroom"; "inundated farmlands"; "an overflowing tub"


  1. afloatadverb


  2. afloatadverb

    out at sea

  3. afloatadverb

    making successful progress under one's own steam

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Afloatadverb

    Floating; born up in the water: in a figurative sense, within view; in motion.

    Etymology: from a and float.

    There is a tide in the affairs of men,
    Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat;
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Take any passion of the soul of man, while it is predominant and afloat, and, just in the critical height of it, nick it with some lucky or unlucky word, and you may as certainly over-rule it to your own purpose, as a spark of fire, falling upon gun-powder, will infallibly blow it up. South.

    There are generally several hundred loads afloat, for they begin to cut above twenty-five leagues up the river above Hall; and there are other rivers that flow into the Inn, which bring in their contributions. Joseph Addison, Italy.


  1. afloat

    Afloat refers to something that is floating on water. It can also mean being suspended in air or space. In a figurative sense, it can describe a situation, project, or business that is surviving or functioning, especially in difficult circumstances.

  2. afloat

    Afloat refers to something or someone that is floating on water or another liquid, not sinking or submerged. It can also be used metaphorically to mean surviving or managing to cope, especially financially.

  3. afloat

    Afloat generally refers to something that is floating on water or staying on the surface rather than sinking. It can also metaphorically mean surviving or managing to continue, especially during difficult or challenging times.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afloat

    borne on the water; floating; on board ship

  2. Afloat

    moving; passing from place to place; in general circulation; as, a rumor is afloat

  3. Afloat

    unfixed; moving without guide or control; adrift; as, our affairs are all afloat

  4. Etymology: [Pref. a- + float.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Afloat

    a-flōt′, adv. or adj. floating: at sea: unfixed: in circulation.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. afloat

    Borne up and supported by the water; buoyed clear of the ground; also used for being on board ship.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of afloat in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of afloat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of afloat in a Sentence

  1. Peter Ganong:

    It's been a life preserver. Not only is it keeping afloat households, but it's also keeping afloat lots of businesses, if people are spending more, then it's creating jobs.

  2. United Teachers Los Angeles:

    Educators actually saw their pay cut due to furlough days which kept the District afloat.

  3. Dorothy Rothschild Parker:

    Hell's afloat in lover's tears.

  4. Robert M. Hensel:

    There may be troubled waters along the many paths my life shall take, but only I as a man, may keep my vessel afloat, and guide myself straight.

  5. Scott Upham:

    In the near term, Takata will be kept afloat until all the replacement parts are produced.

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