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

Examples of floater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her floater strategy has been often imitated, but rarely matched. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Our Big Brother: All-Stars 2 dream cast," 11 June 2020 Bonds ran the count to 3-2 and waited on what research says was one of the slowest pitches ever recorded: a 43 mph floater. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "The Sporting Green’s readers tell us their favorite sports memories," 7 June 2020 Cooper, an eight-time All-Defensive Team selection, had little answer for Floyd’s mix of spin moves, crossover dribbles and floaters. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Recalling Sleepy Floyd’s historic outburst for an unlikely Warriors playoff win," 8 May 2020 Unfortunately, eye drops won’t help floaters disappear. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "8 Common Vision Issues and What to Do About Them, According to Eye Doctors," 2 Apr. 2020 Not too long after Marinozzi’s layup, Bickley scored a floater off the glass. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Laurel loses to Beloit West Branch, 41-37, in Div. II, Region 5 girls basketball final," 6 Mar. 2020 With his team trailing by a point toward the end of the scrimmage, Curry elevated for a floater over three defenders — but missed at the buzzer. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Stephen Curry’s Injury Rehab Takes a G-League Detour," 2 Mar. 2020 Set a floater spread on the water, and pepper the shoreline with silo socks and full-bodies. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting and Fishing Road Trips for Spring," 24 Feb. 2020 Trailing by six with 12:21 left, freshman guard Johnny Juzang converted a floater near the baseline then quickly came up with a steal on the other end of the court that led to an EJ Montgomery put-back, three-point play to pull within one point. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky basketball narrowly avoids embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of floater

1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Floater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floater. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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