a·loft (ə-lôft, ə-lŏft)
1. In or into a high place; high or higher up: The balloon was drifting aloft on the wind.
2. Up in or into the air: The plane was quickly aloft.
3. Nautical At or toward the upper rigging.
On or above: birds perching aloft telephone wires.
[Middle English, from Old Norse ā lopt : ā, in; see an- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + lopt, air.]
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