Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

floater

play
noun float·er \ˈflō-tər\

Definition of floater

  1. 1 a :  one that floats b :  a person who floats something

  2. 2 :  a person who votes illegally in various polling places

  3. 3 a :  a person without a permanent residence or regular employment b :  a worker who moves from job to job; especially :  one without fixed duties

  4. 4 :  a pitched, thrown, or hit ball that moves through the air relatively slowly with little or no spin or rotation

  5. 5 :  a policy insuring specific items of personal property (as jewelry or art)

  6. 6 :  a bit of optical debris (as a dead cell or cell fragment) in the vitreous humor or lens that may be perceived as a spot before the eye; also :  a spot in the visual field due to such debris —usually used in plural



1717

First Known Use of floater

1717


Medical Dictionary

floater

play
noun float·er \ˈflōt-ər\

Medical Definition of floater

  1. :  a bit of optical debris (as a dead cell or cell fragment) in the vitreous body or lens that may be perceived as a spot before the eye; also :  a spot in the visual field due to such debris—usually used in plural; compare muscae volitantes




Learn More about floater


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up floater? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders pince-nez duvet spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ