float·​er | \ˈflō-tər \

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

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The rough play continued when Dario Saric was called for a foul while Johnson scored on a nine-foot floater with 2:19 left in the half. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Marco Belinelli on Game 5: 'It's going to be another war'," 24 Apr. 2018 Then there’s Hall, a class of 2016 signee who snared a pivotal offensive rebound and dropped in the floater that gave Nevada its first and only lead against the Bearcats with 9.1 seconds left. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "How Nevada's Unconventional Roster-Building Strategy Engineered Its Miraculous Sweet 16 Run," 21 Mar. 2018 Dancing around the Atlanta Hawks defense, Lyles hit a floater over Maryland native Jaylen Adams (Mount Saint Joseph). Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "In 'uphill battle' to secure NBA roster spot, UMBC hero Jairus Lyles is still an underdog," 12 July 2018 On the Magic’s next trip down the floor, Shelvin Mack attempted a floater, but Embiid swatted the shot out of bounds with his right hand. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Magic lose to Philadelphia 76ers 116-105," 25 Feb. 2018 With less than three seconds remaining, Selden drove the lane and attempted a floater in heavy traffic. USA TODAY, "Turner leads Pacers past Grizzlies 105-101 for 3rd straight," 31 Jan. 2018 An insurance rider — also referred to as a floater or an endorsement — is an optional add-on to an insurance policy. sandiegouniontribune.com, "How to negotiate insurance before disaster strikes," 8 July 2018 Making the Raptors fade away James' most memorable shot was, of course, the finessed 10-foot right-handed floater from the left side that glanced off the backboard and fell into the basket like victory confetti in Game 3. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "LeBron James and the toolbox, the repertoire, the sweep: Bill Livingston (photos)," 7 May 2018 The Heat then worked the 24-second clock for a Kelly Olynyk layup that was matched by a Kyle Kuzma floater. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat salvage trip behind Dragic's 30 with 92-91 win over Lakers," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of floater

1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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



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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