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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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 The Rockets improved against that during the series, with James Harden increasingly taking floaters over Towns. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets ready for 'scrappy' defense of Jazz," 28 Apr. 2018 James might have played against Larry Bird, George McGinnis, Reggie Miller, Rick Mount and Jimmy Chitwood of the Hickory Huskers in their prime and still whipped them at the buzzer on a fader (Indiana, Game 5) or a floater (Toronto, Game 3). Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers 2018: On LeBron James' fadeaway, Boston Celtics' resurgence -- Bill Livingston," 12 May 2018 Ginobili scored five of his 14 points in the final 2:26, including a one-handed 13-foot floater that gave the Spurs a 106-101 cushion with 36.7 seconds left. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Ginobili delivers in crunch time," 30 Jan. 2018 Roosevelt Jones stole an inbounds pass, dribbled upcourt and sank a 14-foot floater at the buzzer to lift No. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "5 years ago, Butler basketball beat Gonzaga on a buzzer-beater that we still can't believe," 19 Jan. 2018 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

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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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