Adjective "afloat" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Floating in water; not sinking.
  1. 'the canoes were still afloat'
  2. 'She was enraptured by the sight of two young men sitting in half barrels trying to sink one another whilst staying afloat in a freshwater pond.'
  3. 'He coughed, and spat water from his mouth, trying to keep himself afloat.'
  4. 'Juvenile sea turtles have not developed this ability and must sleep afloat at the water's surface.'
  5. 'They thought it was the tide but within minutes they were up to their waists in water and struggling to stay afloat.'
  6. 'The pirates attacked us with everything they had, which was significantly more than we did, and we were hard pressed to even stay afloat in the water.'
  7. 'She recalled flailing in the water, desperately trying to keep afloat and barely aware of the screams and chaos around her when she heard the voice offering help.'
  8. 'He was wearing a padded coat and I think that was giving him some buoyancy and keeping him afloat.'
  9. 'Water-lilies have large numbers of air pockets in their tissues which keep their leaves afloat on the water surface, a perfect supply of air for an insect able to get to it.'
  10. 'The vessel has now been lifted out of the water and is now afloat.'
  11. 'The bride, amazingly, managed to stay afloat in the waters.'
  12. 'For many British boat anglers, there is no greater thrill than to go afloat on their own boats.'
  13. 'The crews are trained to undertake tows of crippled boats, extinguish fires afloat and provide first aid.'
  14. 'We're already afloat, therefore our boats must be functional.'
Out of debt or difficulty.
  1. 'At a time when the economy is experiencing the effects of corrections in the world economy along with local difficulties, many businesses are struggling to stay afloat.'
  2. 'It was clear from the report that the club depend almost entirely on sponsorship to keep them afloat as rising costs are making life very difficult for them and their mentors.'
  3. 'But, when it came to our showing in the League, we could consider our seventh place to their fifth a great achievement in light of our difficulties merely keeping afloat.'
  4. 'The exhibition included a remarkable group commissioned by the clergy which kept the firm afloat in the difficult period after the revolution of 1848.'
  5. 'The revenue sent back by family members working abroad has kept the economy afloat during the recent, difficult war years.'
  6. 'In the five years since the financial crisis struck, the country is still struggling to stay afloat as debt payment remains the biggest drag on its economy.'
  7. 'It is believed to be costing him around £400,000 a week to keep the club afloat as it has massive debts and players' salaries to cover.'
  8. 'This is deeply insulting to our members, skilled and dedicated professionals who have worked above and beyond the call of duty to keep services afloat through difficult times.'
  9. 'The club provides social activities to 150 members with learning difficulties and relies on charity donations and fundraising to keep afloat.'
  10. '‘If the central bank cuts rates, it will help take the pressure off many companies as we try to stay afloat in this difficult time,’ he said.'
  11. 'there are various rumours afloat connected with his disappearance'
  12. 'There is some talk afloat among our party of removing further up the country, nearer to the mountains, where gold is said to be in greater abundance.'
  13. 'There’s interesting talk afloat about blog networks these days.'


1. floating or borne on the water; in a floating condition: The ship was set afloat.

2. on board a ship, boat, raft, etc.; at sea: cargo afloat and ashore.

3. covered with water; flooded; awash: The main deck was afloat.

4. moving without being guided or controlled; drifting.

5. passing from place to place; in circulation: A rumor is afloat.

6. free of major trouble, especially financially solvent: to keep a venture afloat.

More examples(as adjective)

"places can be afloat in golds."

"vessels can be afloat off places."

"vessels can be afloat for days."

"schools can be afloat by endowments."

"players can be afloat by sponsorships."

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Old English on flote (see a-, float), influenced in Middle English by Old Norse á flot(i) and Old French en flot.