floater

noun
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 With the Jazz clinging to a 110-106 lead with less than four minutes remaining, Conley blocked Ja Morant’s 10-foot driving floater. Larry Starks, USA TODAY, 1 June 2021 Pushed in the neck by Willie Cauley-Stein, Mann ran after the opposing center, then drove into the paint on the very next possession and lofted a floater that bounced off the back of the rim before falling in. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 Jokic missed his first three shots: a layup, a fadeaway and a floater. oregonlive, 29 May 2021 The guard scrambles to catch up, but the defense allows a pull-up jumper or floater. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2021 Trae Young had 32 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in his playoff debut, hitting the tiebreaking floater with 0.9 seconds left. Rob Maaddi, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 Trae Young had 32 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in his playoff debut, hitting the tiebreaking floater with 0.9 seconds left. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 25 May 2021 The Wolverines came up empty on four consecutive trips before Juzang made a floater along the baseline to extend the lead to three. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, 31 Mar. 2021 Young’s drive past Frank Ntilikina and go-ahead floater with 0.9 seconds remaining in regulation gave the visiting Atlanta Hawks a 107-105 win over the Knicks and silenced Spike Lee and the rest of the Knicks faithful. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 24 May 2021

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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floater

noun
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

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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