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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The Pelicans briefly got as close as 14 points on Randle’s layup early in the third quarter, but Gordon came back with a 3 and Harden added a driving floater and another 3 during an 8-0 run that pushed the lead back above 20. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, "Harden scores 28, Rockets beat Pelicans 113-90," 24 Mar. 2019 Curry tied it at 114 with a floater in the lane with 1:39 to play, and Doncic missed a 3 at the other end, setting up Curry’s winner. Dave Jackson, The Seattle Times, "Curry scores 48, hits 11 3s as Warriors beat Mavs 119-114," 13 Jan. 2019 Holiday had 29 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, along with a game-winning floater in the final seconds. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday come up clutch in overtime win against Heat: Final stats," 23 Feb. 2018 The Cavaliers had a 10-0 run in the third quarter after Kuzma hit a floater to pull the Lakers within 51-50 early in the period. Dan Greenspan, The Seattle Times, "Cavs stun Lakers 101-95 to end 12-game losing streak," 13 Jan. 2019 And LeBron followed that sequence with a running floater from the stripe to calmly retake the lead. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "What If LeBron Never Wins Another NBA Title?," 16 May 2018 Portland chipped away at the lead and finally cut it to 92-83 on a floater from Seth Curry early in the fourth quarter. John Coon, The Seattle Times, "Jazz pull away for 117-96 win over Blazers," 25 Dec. 2018 His play thus far as a professional has been inconsistent, and his affinity for awkward floaters as opposed to dunks and long mid-range jumpers instead of three-pointers hurt his future outlook. Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 5 score, TV channel, how to watch live stream," 23 May 2018 The Magic lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 87-85 at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center when the Thunder’s Deonte Burton made a floater in the lane as time expired in the fourth quarter. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Shorthanded Magic lose summer league finale to Thunder 87-85," 14 July 2018

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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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