Definition of floater
1a : one that floatsb : a person who floats something
2 : a person who votes illegally in various polling places
3a : a person without a permanent residence or regular employmentb : 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
7 US : floating holiday
Recent Examples of floater from the Web
Then rescuers were called to help the floaters, which include children and the elderly, who missed the landing spot and ended up on nearby islands.
The Braves counter with veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (5-5, 4.91), so the Brewers will be swinging at some dancing floaters today.
To make one, top a 12-ounce pour of Cisco’s Grey Lady Ale with a 1.5-ounce floater of blueberry vodka from Triple Eight, Cisco’s sister distillery.
Floaters weren’t dropping, long balls were clanking — there was even a missed layup.
But Tierra Ruffin-Pratt answered with a floater in the lane and the Mystics grabbed two offensive rebounds on their next possession, leading to Kristi Toliver’s 3-pointer from the corner for a 94-85 lead.
Hochard also suggests floaters with little to no experience wait until July and August to hit the river because that’s usually when the snowmelt slows down and waters are a bit calmer.
This time the suddenly scrambling Cleveland defense watched Durant bury a floater in the lane.
The latest the river has opened for tube floaters and boaters was in 2011, when recreation users weren’t allowed on the river until July 11.
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First Known Use of floater
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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