- floating freely; not grounded; esp., floating on the surface; not sinking
- on board ship; at sea
- flooded: the lower deck is afloat
- drifting about
- in circulation; current: rumors are afloat
- free of trouble, debt, etc., esp. with effort: he kept the business afloat
This woman is afloat.
- Afloat is defined as having enough financial resources for your needs.
Finding investors to keep a business from failing is an example of keeping a business afloat.
- The definition of afloat refers to something that stays on the surface of the water and does not sink.
A person who is treading water is an example of a person who is staying afloat.
- In a floating position or condition.
- On a boat or ship away from the shore; at sea.
- In circulation; prevailing: Rumors are afloat.
- Awash; flooded.
- Drifting about; moving without guidance.
- Free or out of difficulty, especially financial difficulty: couldn't keep the business afloat.
- That much of the yield of 1906 was afloat or undespatched at the close of that year.
- If Lancaster should justify the malevolent rumours that were afloat by making a snatch at the crown, the last state of the realm might be worse than the first.
- The South Bute dock of 502 acres, authorized in 1894 and capable of accommodating the largest vessels afloat, was opened in 1907, bringing the whole dock area of Cardiff (including timber ponds) to about 210 acres.
- A study of the few sentences under this head might have obviated the trifling criticism of Hamilton's objection which has been set afloat recently, that the denial of a knowledge of the absolute or infinite implies a foregone knowledge of it.
- Robinson Crusoe was immediately popular, and a wild story was set afloat of its having been written by Lord Oxford in the Tower.