float·​er | \ ˈflō-tər How to pronounce floater (audio) \

Definition of floater

1a : one that floats
b : a person who floats something
2 : a person who votes illegally in various polling places
3a : a person without a permanent residence or regular employment
b : a worker who moves from job to job especially : one without fixed duties
4 : a pitched, thrown, or hit ball that moves through the air relatively slowly with little or no spin or rotation
5 : a policy insuring specific items of personal property (such as jewelry or art)
6 : a bit of optical debris (such 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

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Specials include the Comix Margarita with Patron Silver, or the Mambo Italiano Margarita with Patron Silver, Patron Citronge, Disaronno Amarretto floater, and fresh juices. Camila Vallejo, courant.com, "Wednesday is National Tequila Day: Celebrate with these specials at Connecticut restaurants and bars," 22 July 2019 Sanders made a game-tying floater with 1:21 left in overtime, falling to the court with a cramp in his left calf. USA TODAY, "No. 4 Michigan State struggles in 76-72 OT win over Rutgers," 10 Jan. 2018 Seven seconds later, Lyle Hexmon’s floater was blocked by Fall. Jason Beede, orlandosentinel.com, "Tacko Fall racks up blocks during Celtics Summer League win over Grizzlies," 11 July 2019 E'Twaun Moore contributed 23 points, moving well without the ball to get open for high percentage layups and floaters. USA TODAY, "After Davis' injury, Cousins lifts Pelicans past Pistons," 8 Jan. 2018 Curry reacted by trying to play distributor or attacking the rim for floaters once he was run off the 3-point line. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Game 6 had drama, emotion, and thrills, and now the Raptors are NBA champs," 14 June 2019 Furthermore, his ability to hit floaters, be taller than the space needle and make shots down low separates him from the pack. oregonlive.com, "Bol Bol is the biggest boom-or-bust prospect of the 2019 NBA draft: Commentary," 14 June 2019 Curry tossed in a little floater of his own while trying to draw a foul. Marc Stein, New York Times, "How the Raptors Won Their First N.B.A. Championship," 13 June 2019 Sudfeld’s floater into the end zone was on the money. Jeff Mclane, https://www.inquirer.com, "Eagles Practice Observations: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside shines in the red zone; Sidney Jones caps solid OTAs with an INT; Malik Jackson arrives," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of floater

1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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float·​er | \ ˈflōt-ər How to pronounce floater (audio) \

Medical Definition of floater

: 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



Legal Definition of floater

1 [ from the notion that the policy “floats” with the goods it insures, wherever they might be located ] : a policy or supplemental attachment to a policy insuring specific items of personal property (as jewelry or art) specifically : a policy of insurance to protect against loss or damage of goods in transit or goods (as jewels) naturally subject to use in various places

called also floating policy

2 : a debt security that yields an indexed variable rate of interest especially : floating rate note at note

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