floater

noun

float·​er ˈflō-tər How to pronounce floater (audio)
1
a
: one that floats
b
: a person who floats something
2
: a person who votes illegally in various polling places
3
a
: 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
7

Examples of floater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chinese turbine giant Mingyang Smart Energy Group is manufacturing a floater with dual 8.3-MW rotors, set for installation this year off Macau. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Sep. 2023 Dozens of videos that have gotten millions of views show people rubbing castor oil over their eyelids, across their eyelashes and under their eyes to help treat issues like dryness, floaters, cataracts, poor vision, and even glaucoma. Katie Camero, NBC News, 5 Aug. 2023 Blurry Vision Having distorted vision and seeing floaters or occasional flashes of light are a direct result of high blood sugar levels, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Amanda Gardner, Health, 25 Sep. 2023 Green floaters face high risks of declines based on current land-use pattern, the agency said. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 25 July 2023 Miller made a floater with 6.2 seconds left to complete an upset of No. 5 seed Mississippi State in 2003 NCAA tournament. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, 7 June 2023 For the patient, this condition first manifests as pops of light or dark spots, known as floaters, which dance across their vision like fireflies. Amit Katwala, WIRED, 22 Aug. 2023 Patients see flashes, floaters, or dark shadows, which are indicative of vitreoretinal traction or detachment. Wunmi Bakare, Essence, 17 June 2023 When Sam Coffey’s floater cleared a group of players, Reyes headed it inside the far post, past Wave goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of floater was in 1717

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Cite this Entry

“Floater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floater. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

floater

noun
float·​er ˈflōt-ər How to pronounce floater (audio)
: 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

floater

noun
float·​er
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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