What does afloat mean?
The definition of afloat
A*float”, adv. & a.
Etym: [Pref. a- + float.]

1 Borne on the water; floating; on board ship. On such a full sea are we now afloat. Shak.
2 Moving; passing from place to place; in general circulation; as, a rumor is afloat.
3 Unfixed; moving without guide or control; adrift; as, our affairs are all afloat.