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 Pohlen followed by splitting Eaton's 1-2-2 zone for a floater in the lane, recorded a steal just seconds later, then had an and-1 to make it 15-6. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 2 Mar. 2022 The former seemed to rise up for a floater, but instead pushed a lob to the center, who threw it down. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Feb. 2022 Weekley then made one of his three steals in the quarter and fed McClain for a baseline floater. Rick Armstrong, chicagotribune.com, 12 Feb. 2022 Williams opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a spin-counter layup, and Suder turned the corner for a floater from the left baseline. Andy Yamashita, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Dec. 2021 Indiana started the game on an 8-0 run behind back-to-back 3s from Nesmith and Nembhard and a floater by Nesmith. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 16 July 2022 Then Morant made a running floater with under 30 seconds left to put the game on ice. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 May 2022 Floyd Rideau made a floater in the lane with 4:47 remaining to pull the Spartans with 71-70, but Franklin took over after that to help put the game away. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 21 Mar. 2022 Less than two minutes remained in the game when Harden missed a driving floater and Embiid grabbed the rebound and passed to Green. New York Times, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of floater

1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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30 Jul 2022

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“Floater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floater. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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