floater

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noun float·er \ ˈflō-tər \

Definition of floater

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

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First Known Use of floater

1717


Medical Dictionary

floater

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noun float·er \ ˈflōt-ər \

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

Law Dictionary

floater

noun float·er

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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