• Afloat
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj afloat borne on the water; floating
    • adj afloat 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"
    • adj afloat aimlessly drifting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The number of times a drowning person will rise to the surface depends on how much air is in his lungs. He could rise once, twice, or five times. Or not at all. Obese people will stay afloat longer than skinny people because fat contains air molecules.
    • Afloat Borne on the water; floating; on board ship. "On such a full sea are we now afloat ."
    • Afloat Covered with water bearing floating articles; flooded; as, the decks are afloat .
    • Afloat Moving; passing from place to place; in general circulation; as, a rumor is afloat .
    • Afloat Unfixed; moving without guide or control; adrift; as, our affairs are all afloat .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • afloat Borne on the water; in a floating condition: as, the ship is afloat.
    • afloat Figuratively, moving; passing from place to place; in circulation: as, a rumor is afloat.
    • afloat Unfixed; moving without guide or control: as, our affairs are all afloat.
    • afloat In a state of overflow; flooded: as, the main deck was afloat.
    • afloat On board ship; at sea: as,cargo afloat and ashore.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv., adj Afloat a-flōt′ floating: at sea: unfixed: in circulation.
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-, + float,


In literature:

Things were really looking bad for a time, and rumours of defeat were soon afloat.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
By the way, there is a rumour afloat that it is a symphony with chorus.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Presently the election came on, and nasty stories got to be afloat about your birth and parentage.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
His uncle twitted him as a braggart ashore who sang a different tune afloat.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
He had not looked about him to see what beside the Goldwing was afloat on the lake.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
It seemed to Mercer incredible that it should stay afloat.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Afloat, borne on the waters.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
All sorts of rumors were afloat.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
There was a slight grating of gravel, and presently the boat was afloat.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
His attempts to swallow quantities of salt water only increased the instinctive motion of the limbs to keep himself afloat.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman

In poetry:

Sky-mirror she, afloat in space,
Beholds our coming morn:
Her heavenly joy hath such a grace,
It ripens earthly corn;
"Songs of the Autumn Nights" by George MacDonald
A reed within some river-bed
That grew, with drifting weeds afloat,
A reed by rude hands fashioned
To pipe one slender note,—
"At The Hill’s Base" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
For him she loved, she laughed to death!
And as afloat his chill hand lay,
"Ha, ha! to hell I sent his wraith!"
Did she not say?
"Oh, Go Not Out" by Cale Young Rice
This I know, and knew before,
This I tell you, of my years:
Hide your heart, and lock your door.
Hell's afloat in lovers' tears.
"Wisdom" by Dorothy Parker
Shanghaied in San Francisco
We brought up in Bombay
Where they put us afloat in an old Leith boat
That steered like a stack of hay.
"Seafarer" by Anonymous Americas
Soft souls she binds in tender twist,
Small flies in spinner's web;
She sets afloat some luring streams,
But makes them soon to ebb.
"Love's Servile Lot" by Robert Southwell

In news:

Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the modern income tax , which helps keeps the United States financially afloat despite never-ending controversy.
District keeping Inside Track afloat.
Man used paddle, cooler to keep himself afloat.
Partnering with arts organizations and working with students have proved to be the keys to staying afloat in this difficult economy for Dallas' oldest Latino theater groups.
Air-bag packs, which inflate instantly to keep wearers afloat in an avalanche, successfully saved 13 skier and snowboarder lives in the past two years.
German Parliament to vote on deal to trim Greece's debt load , keep country afloat.
German Parliament approves deal to keep Greece afloat financially, trim its debt load .
Brazil's FGC Launches Mechanism to Keep Mid-Size Banks Afloat.
Business savvy keeps yacht firm afloat.
In an age of rising gas prices, the fuel isn't what's keeping D&D Gas Plus in Eleva afloat.
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Trying to stay afloat in the digital age.
A company that makes genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal may not be able to stay afloat.
The answer stays afloat in northeast Missouri.
If the Buffalo Bills (3-4) have any chance of staying afloat, Mario Williams must play like the Mario Williams of old.
Mountain State University might sell mall to stay afloat.