aloft Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb at or on or to the masthead or upper rigging of a ship
    • climbed aloft to unfurl the sail
  2. adverb upward
    • the good news sent her spirits aloft
  3. adverb at or to great height; high up in or into the air
    • eagles were soaring aloft
    • dust is whirled aloft
  4. adverb in the higher atmosphere above the earth
    • weather conditions aloft are fine


A*loft" adverb
Pref. a- + loft, which properly meant air. See Loft.
  1. On high; in the air; high above the ground. "He steers his flight aloft." Milton.
  2. (Naut.) In the top; at the mast head, or on the higher yards or rigging; overhead; hence (Fig. and Colloq.), in or to heaven.
A*loft" preposition
  1. Above; on top of. Obs.
    Fresh waters run aloft the sea. Holland.

Webster 1913