Definition of afloat :
1. Borne on the water; floating; on board ship.
2. Covered with water bearing floating articles; flooded; as, the decks are afloat.
3. Moving; passing from place to place; in general circulation; as, a rumor is afloat.
4. Unfixed; moving without guide or control; adrift; as, our affairs are all afloat.
on board ship, on the high seas, full, unfixed, unfastened, adrift, in service, at sea, awash, planless, waterborne, directionless, seaworthy, overflowing, drifting, untied, sailing, on the seas, floating, inundated, purposeless, rudderless, undirected, flooded, commissioned, aimless, loose
- The call was still hot upon his lips when his two companions entered the aerostat, gripping tight the hand- rail as Professor Featherwit sent the vessel afloat with reckless haste. - "The Lost City", Joseph E. Badger, Jr..
- The story of Arthur drew to itself other stories which were afloat. - "Brief History of English and American Literature", Henry A. Beers.
- " It's too far for any of us to swim to shore," observed Mr Jennings; " I would try it, but I never could keep afloat five minutes together." - "The Three Lieutenants", W.H.G. Kingston.