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Meaning of afloat

a•float

Pronunciation: (u-flōt'), [key]
— adv., adj.
  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, esp. financially solvent: to keep a venture afloat.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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