Definition: upward; high up in the air
Definition: upward; high up in the air
Sentences Containing 'aloft'
"Ere the cry could go aft Steelkilt was shaking one of the backstays leading far aloft to where two of his comrades were standing their mastheads.
'Upon that machine,' said the Time Traveller, holding the lamp aloft, 'I intend to explore time.
Almost renouncing all thought of falling in with any game hereabouts, the ship had well nigh entered the straits, when the customary cheering cry was heard from aloft, and ere long a spectacle of singular magnificence saluted us.
Aloft, like a royal czar and king, the sun seemed giving this gentle air to this bold and rolling sea; even as bride to groom.
As good luck would have it, they had had a whale alongside a day or two previous, and the great tackles were still aloft, and the massive curved blubber-hook, now clean and dry, was still attached to the end.
As I started across, the captain glanced aloft at me and said, with a sham uneasiness in his voice`Where is Mr. Bixby?'
Bare-headed in the sultry sun, Ahab stood on the bowsprit, and with one hand pushed far behind in readiness to wave his orders to the helmsman, cast his eager glance in the direction indicated aloft by the outstretched motionless arm of Daggoo.
But if we Southern whale-fishers are not so snugly housed aloft as Captain Sleet and his Greenlandmen were; yet that disadvantage is greatly counter-balanced by the widely contrasting serenity of those seductive seas in which we South fishers mostly float.
But let me have one more good round look aloft here at the sea; there's time for that.
But mark: aloft there, at the three mast heads, stand three men intent on spying out more whales, which, if caught, infallibly will again soil the old oaken furniture, and drop at least one small grease-spot somewhere.
But suddenly in the distance, they saw a great heap of tumultuous white water, and soon after news came from aloft that one or both the boats must be fast.
Can any lead touch yonder floor, any mast scrape yonder roof?--Aloft there!
Curse thee, thou vain toy; and cursed be all the things that cast man's eyes aloft to that heaven, whose live vividness but scorches him, as these old eyes are even now scorched with thy light, O sun!
Great Washington, too, stands high aloft on his towering main-mast in Baltimore, and like one of Hercules' pillars, his column marks that point of human grandeur beyond which few mortals will go.
He glanced inquiringly aloft at Stephen, but Stephen was whistling placidly, and attending to business.
High aloft in the cross-trees was that mad Gay-Header, Tashtego.
Holding by a shroud, Starbuck was standing on the quarter-deck; at every flash of the lightning glancing aloft, to see what additional disaster might have befallen the intricate hamper there; while Stubb and Flask were directing the men in the higher hoisting and firmer lashing of the boats.
I won't smoke dirty pipes like Stubb, but I like cigars, and here's nine hundred and sixty of them; so here goes Flask aloft to spy 'em out."
In short,' said Mr. Micawber, with the old genteel air, 'the probability is, all will be found so exciting, alow and aloft, that when the lookout, stationed in the main-top, cries Land-oh!
In tempestuous times like these, after everything above and aloft has been secured, nothing more can be done but passively to await the issue of the gale.
In this way the day wore on; Ahab, now aloft and motionless; anon, unrestingly pacing the planks.
It was a week or two after the last whaling scene recounted, and when we were slowly sailing over a sleepy, vapoury, mid-day sea, that the many noses on the Pequod's deck proved more vigilant discoverers than the three pairs of eyes aloft.
Jollily he, aloft there, wheels through toil and trouble; and so, alow here, does jolly Stubb.
Levelling his glass at this sight, Ahab quickly revolved in his pivot-hole, crying, "Aloft there, and rig whips and buckets to wet the sails;--Malays, sir, and after us!"
Like dislodged trucks, the heads of the harpooneers aloft shook on their bull-like necks.
Nevertheless, she was a faithful member of Bethel Methodist Chapel in the village of Llanpumsaint and was often seen outdoors, carried aloft in her chair by her children or neighbours.
Nimble as a cat, Tashtego mounts aloft; and without altering his erect posture, runs straight out upon the overhanging mainyard-arm, to the part where it exactly projects over the hoisted Tun.
No matter how good a time I might have been having with the off watch below, and no matter how high my spirits might be when I started aloft, my soul became lead in my body the moment I approached the pilot house.
No, when I go to sea, I go as a simple sailor, right before the mast, plumb down into the forecastle, aloft there to the royal mast-head.
Oh, thou big white God aloft there somewhere in yon darkness, have mercy on this small black boy down here; preserve him from all men that have no bowels to feel fear!
Overhearing Starbuck, the panic-stricken crew instantly ran to the braces--though not a sail was left aloft.
See ye my boy's hand on the hill?--Crazed;--aloft there!--keep thy keenest eye upon the boats:-- "Mark well the whale!--Ho!
Some harpooneers will consume almost an entire morning in this business, carrying the line high aloft and then reeving it downwards through a block towards the tub, so as in the act of coiling to free it from all possible wrinkles and twists.
Some leaning against the spiles; some seated upon the pier-heads; some looking over the bulwarks of ships from China; some high aloft in the rigging, as if striving to get a still better seaward peep.
Sometimes a morose gar will throw his tail aloft and disappear in the river, but beyond this everything is quiet the quiet of dissolution.
The engine bells jingled and the engines answered promptly, shooting white columns of steam far aloft out of the`scape pipes, but it was too late.
The Eucharist, known as the Blessed Sacrament, is placed in a monstrance and is held aloft by a member of the clergy during the procession.
The rigging monkey would be sent aloft to repair damaged sails, straighten out lines that had become "fouled", or tangled, or to assist in the raising or lowering of sails.
The tableau all waned at last with the pallidness aloft; and once more the Pequod and every soul on her decks were wrapped in a pall.
Then remounting aloft, it again goes through the same round until the deep cistern will yield no more.
They got him out and emptied him; Alas it was too late; His spirit was gone for to sport aloft In the realms of the good and great.
This was not, however, the record for longest time aloft for an airliner.
This will be,''added Noirtier, with a smile,``one means by which you may a second time save me, if the political balance should some day take another turn, and cast you aloft while hurling me down.
Three days afterwards, this poor vulture, which has been very much indisposed since that dinner, suddenly feels very giddy while flying aloft in the clouds, and falls heavily into a fish pond.
We would not get down our topmast, but let all stand, because she scudded before the sea very well, and we knew that the top-mast being aloft, the ship was the wholesomer, and made better way through the sea, seeing we had sea-room.
Whether he ever thought of it at all, might be a question; but, if he ever did chance to cast his mind that way after a comfortable dinner, no doubt, like a good sailor, he took it to be a sort of call of the watch to tumble aloft, and bestir themselves there, about something which he would find out when he obeyed the order, and not sooner.
While this pallidness was burning aloft, few words were heard from the enchanted crew; who in one thick cluster stood on the forecastle, all their eyes gleaming in that pale phosphorescence, like a far away constellation of stars.
With a keen cutting-spade, Queequeg lances the gums; then the jaw is lashed down to ringbolts, and a tackle being rigged from aloft, they drag out these teeth, as Michigan oxen drag stumps of old oaks out of wild wood lands.
With high oceanic heat content, low wind shear, and good divergence aloft, significant strengthening was likely.
You may think with what emotions, then, the seamen beheld this old Oriental perched aloft at such unusual hours; his turban and the moon, companions in one sky.
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::: prehensile - capable of grasping or holding (esp. by wrapping around); Ex. prehensile tails
::: embark - commence; go on board a boat; begin a journey
::: ambush - act of lying in wait to attack by surprise; sudden attack made from a concealed position; Ex. lie in ambush; V.
::: tertiary - third in order or rank
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::: myriad - very large number; ADJ. CF. ten thousand
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::: circumvent - outwit; defeat by behaving more cleverly; outsmart; baffle; avoid; get around