afloat

If something's afloat, it's drifting on the water. When you sail toy boats, you set them afloat across a pond or lake.

You can set something afloat, like an inner tube in a pool or a leaf on a stream, or you can struggle to stay afloat, as when the passengers of a capsized boat try to keep their heads above water. In either case, being afloat means floating on the surface. The Old English word is aflote, from a Germanic root word.

Definitions of afloat
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adj borne on the water; floating

Synonyms:
adrift
afloat on the surface of a body of water
floating
borne up by or suspended in a liquid
waterborne
supported by water
Antonyms:
aground
stuck in a place where a ship can no longer float

adj aimlessly drifting

Synonyms:
adrift, aimless, directionless, planless, rudderless, undirected
purposeless
not evidencing any purpose or goal

adj covered with water

“the main deck was afloat (or awash)”
Synonyms:
awash, flooded, inundated, overflowing
full
containing as much or as many as is possible or normal

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