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Physical BalancePlay
Used to describe an object's ability to remain on water surface, implying balance or buoyancy. SlideThe swimmer kept the ball afloat effortlessly.
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Not SubmergedPlay
Stresses that something is not below the water surface, used in both literal and metaphorical scenarios. SlideAfter the flood, few houses were left afloat.
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Sailors' SlangPlay
Originally used by sailors, but it's now part of common language to describe things on or in water. SlideThe wreckage was still afloat when rescuers arrived.