afloat


afloat
/əˈfloʊt / (say uh'floht)

adjective
1. borne on the water; in a floating condition: *Even a `billy can' or ladies' bathing cap will supply sufficient buoyancy to keep a person afloat. –anon, water safety, 1955.
2. flooded: the main deck was afloat.
3. moving without guide or control: our affairs are all afloat.
4. passing from place to place; in circulation: *By and by, in some inexplicable way, it came to be understood that there was conspiracy afloat –marcus clarke, 1874.
5. surviving financially; solvent: *he could scrape together enough to keep him afloat till he found a modest corner to slip into. –henry handel richardson, 1925.
adverb
6. on board ship; at sea: *Again, a genuine sea-lover, he had found not one of the ninety odd days spent afloat unbearable –henry handel richardson, 1925.
7. in a boat on the water.
phrase
8. set afloat, to put (an enterprise, business, etc.) in operation; launch.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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