float

noun
\ ˈflōt How to pronounce float (audio) \

Definition of float

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of floating
2 : something that floats in or on the surface of a fluid: such as
a : a device (such as a cork) buoying up the baited end of a fishing line
b : a floating platform anchored near a shoreline for use by swimmers or boats
c : a hollow ball that floats at the end of a lever in a cistern, tank, or boiler and regulates the liquid level
d : a sac containing air or gas and buoying up the body of a plant or animal
e : a watertight structure giving an airplane buoyancy on water
3 : a tool or apparatus for smoothing a surface (as of wet concrete)
4 : a government grant of a fixed amount of land not yet located by survey out of a larger specific tract
5 : a vehicle with a platform used to carry an exhibit in a parade also : the vehicle and exhibit together
6a : an amount of money represented by checks outstanding and in process of collection
b : the time between a transaction (such as the writing of a check or a purchase on credit) and the actual withdrawal of funds to cover it
c : the volume of a company's shares available for active trading in the auction market
7 : a soft drink with ice cream floating in it

float

verb
floated; floating; floats

Definition of float (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to rest on the surface of or be suspended in a fluid
2a : to drift on or through or as if on or through a fluid yellow leaves floated down
b : wander
3 of a currency : to find a level in the international exchange market in response to the law of supply and demand and without any restrictive effect of artificial support or control

transitive verb

1a : to cause to float in or on the surface of a fluid
b : to cause to float as if in a fluid
2 : flood float a cranberry bog
3 : to smooth (something, such as plaster or cement) with a float
4a : to put forth for acceptance float a proposal
b : to place (an issue of securities) on the market
c : to obtain money for the establishment or development of (an enterprise) by issuing and selling securities
d : negotiate float a loan

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Synonyms & Antonyms for float

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of float in a Sentence

Noun We are building a float for the homecoming parade. the crew put the cargo on the float before heading back down the river Verb She was floating on her back. ice floating in the river Will this material sink or float? dust floating through the air The incoming tide will eventually float the ship off the reef. They floated the logs down the river. She floated gracefully across the stage. His voice floated to the back of the room.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An Order of Myths float rolled in Friday night’s parade. al, 22 May 2021 Grab the whole gang and hang out on this party float. Southern Living, 11 May 2021 This fun float is on sale right now for almost half price, saving you 45% ($18) off its regular price of $39.95 at just $21.95. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2021 The new in-camera horizon leveling that used to just exist in the app is perfect for, say, your float-plane flight into drop camp. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 16 Sep. 2020 Again, a pump will keep the water moving, but if bugs are still, well, bugging you, Hawkins recommends installing mosquito netting around the tank or adding mosquito dunks (which are safe for use around humans and animals) to a chlorine float. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, 7 June 2020 This float is perfect for hanging with your crew or floating solo. Southern Living, 11 May 2021 One question that appears to be tripping people up is what was Chipotle's float in the Rose Parade. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 The company also invests the float from the premiums its insurance customers pay. Geoffrey Rogow, WSJ, 1 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At that point, weightlessness will begin, and the crew will unbuckle and float freely around the cockpit. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 7 June 2021 Ja Morant is one of the best point guards in the league, a rare talent who can stop short and float a squib shot up, up, up and over Gobert. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2021 Afternoon highs reach the mid-70s as occasional clouds float by. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 Southern Living Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 21 May 2021 Tommie Harroll, general manager for Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant in Abingdon, said that outdoor seating helped float the eatery during the height of the pandemic, and the continuation of outdoor dining allowances was a good thing. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 19 May 2021 The distant test would use surface temperatures from brown dwarfs and rogue planets, which float freely outside of a solar system—unobscured by neighboring bright stars—to hunt for progressive warming. Max G. Levy, Wired, 3 May 2021 Staff at the Darby can help plan float trips on the river or recommend off-property hiking trails or other adventures. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 28 Apr. 2021 The base-level configuration includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster positioned within the driver’s cockpit and a 12.8-inch vertical infotainment touchscreen that almost appears to float above the center console. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of float

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for float

Noun

Middle English flote boat, float, from Old English flota ship; akin to Old High German flōz raft, stream, Old English flēotan to float — more at fleet

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The first known use of float was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

29 May 2021

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“Float.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/float. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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float

noun

English Language Learners Definition of float

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light object that is attached to a fishing line
: a floating platform near a shore for use by swimmers or boats
: a structure that holds up an airplane on water

float

verb

English Language Learners Definition of float (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rest on top of a liquid
: to be carried along by moving water or air
: to cause (something) to rest on top of a liquid : to cause (something) to float

float

noun
\ ˈflōt How to pronounce float (audio) \

Kids Definition of float

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that rests in or on the surface of a liquid
2 : an inflated support for a person in water
3 : a light object that holds up the baited end of a fishing line
4 : a platform anchored near a shore for the use of swimmers or boats
5 : a structure that holds up an airplane in water
6 : a soft drink with ice cream floating in it a root beer float
7 : a vehicle with a platform used to carry an exhibit in a parade

float

verb
floated; floating

Kids Definition of float (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to rest on the surface of a liquid Cork floats in water.
2 : to be carried along by or as if by moving water or air The raft floated downstream. Leaves floated down.
3 : to cause to rest on or be carried by water Lumberjacks float logs down the river.

float

noun

Legal Definition of float

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an amount of money represented by checks outstanding and in process of collection
2 : the time between a transaction (as the writing of a check or a purchase on credit) and the actual withdrawal of funds to cover it

Legal Definition of float (Entry 2 of 2)

of a currency : to find a level in the international exchange market in response to the law of supply and demand and without any restrictive effect of artificial support or control

transitive verb

1 : to place (an issue of securities) on the market
2 : to obtain money for the establishment or development of (an enterprise) by issuing and selling securities
3 : negotiate sense 1 float a loan

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