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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Barr also conducted the controversial lung-float test, where the lungs are placed in liquid. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 12 June 2022 One member, the camouflaged looper, decorates itself with bits of leaf or petal, becoming a walking parade float of flair. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 21 July 2022 The result is that the float and dive of the other EQS trims are gone. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 14 July 2022 The festival, put on by local nonprofit Share the River, will include a recreational paddle and float, along with several competitive races. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 14 July 2022 Aboard the Grindrand Astroglide float, a drag queen waved from atop a giant purple eggplant. Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2022 Typically, the Republican Party invites local Republican politicians to walk with its float. Rachel Berry, The Enquirer, 18 Apr. 2022 Members of the Nature Conservancy were there that night to show a film about the float trip U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas had taken on the Buffalo earlier in the spring. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 13 Mar. 2021 This beautiful river is a popular float trip destination. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 29 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two feet of water can float a car, and 6 inches of moving water can sweep you off your feet. Angela Fritz, CNN, 29 July 2022 The distinctive, merry sounds of a steam calliope float through the streets of downtown Baraboo, Wisconsin. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 21 July 2022 The animation allowed birds to fly, clouds to float by, plants to sway in the breeze and boats to rock on the water. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 11 July 2022 When that happens, the lungs may float, even though the baby never took a breath. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Companies sail barges of logs downstream to Kinshasa’s ports, but ordinary citizens working on their own also float logs by tying them together in a raft, sometimes with nothing more than mosquito netting. New York Times, 22 June 2022 Japan’s new 330-ton subsea power generation system can float in strong currents to generate renewable energy. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 8 June 2022 Riders will float along colorful canals as original music inspired by the movie soundtracks the journey, with Tiana ultimately leading guests to a party filled with familiar faces from the film as well as new characters. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 2 June 2022 Anna's hummingbirds, a species native to the west coast of North America, float around California's lowlands before migrating to higher altitudes for the summer. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2022 See More

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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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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

float

intransitive verb

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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