at or on or to the masthead or upper rigging of a ship
"climbed aloft to unfurl the sail"
"the good news sent her spirits aloft"
at or to great height; high up in or into the air
"eagles were soaring aloft"; "dust is whirled aloft"
in the higher atmosphere above the earth
"weather conditions aloft are fine"
in the air; in the sky
high winds aloft
above, overhead, in a high place; up
in the top, at the masthead, or on the higher yards or rigging.
on high; in the air; high above the ground
in the top; at the mast head, or on the higher yards or rigging; overhead; hence (Fig. and Colloq.), in or to heaven
above; on top of
Origin: [Pref. a- + loft, which properly meant air. See Loft.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
a-loft′, adv. on high: overhead: at a great height: (naut.) above the deck, at the masthead: sometimes used as equivalent to aloof (Mad. D'Arblay). [Scand.; Icel. á lopt (pron. loft), expressing motion; á lopti, expressing position. Pfx. a- = Icel. á = A.S. on, in. See Loft.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
[Anglo-Saxon, alofte, on high]. Above; overhead; on high. Synonymous with up above the tops, at the mast-head, or anywhere about the higher yards, masts, and rigging of ships.--Aloft there! the hailing of people in the tops.--Away aloft! the command to the people in the rigging to climb to their stations. Also, heaven: "Poor Tom is gone aloft."
The numerical value of aloft in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of aloft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of aloft in a Sentence
When they get aloft, it seems as though they can soar for half the afternoon, effortlessly.
George May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. Fred And may the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.
Whether we like it or not, we are the dwarfs astride the shoulders of giants, and that's the only reason why we can see lot more and farther on the horizon than our predecessors could. Our accomplishments of greatest pride, like classic creations, amazing arts, wonderful writings, beautiful paintings, and ingenius inventions are all, in fact, the builds and extensions of the wisdom that came to us from our ancestors. We mastered their wisdom and moved above and beyond. We must gratefully recognize that it was their wisdom that enabled us to grow wiser, and to see farther than they could. It is foolish to think that we are able to see or do what we can today is because we are greater than they. We are merely the dwarfs who are uplifted and borne aloft on the giagantic stature of our predecessors. Accepting this truth with humility not only sets us free, but also keeps us firmly down to earth.
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