floor

noun, often attributive
\ ˈflȯr How to pronounce floor (audio) \
plural floors

Definition of floor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the level base of a room
2a : the lower inside surface of a hollow structure (such as a cave or bodily part)
b : a ground surface the ocean floor
3a : a structure dividing a building into stories also : story
b : the occupants of such a floor
4 : the surface of a structure on which one travels the floor of a bridge
5a : a main level space (as in a stock exchange or legislative chamber) distinguished from a platform or gallery
b : the specially prepared or marked area on which indoor sports events take place
c : the members of an assembly took questions from the floor
d : the right to address an assembly the senator from Utah has the floor
6 : a lower limit : base
from the floor
: in field goals as opposed to free throws made 16 of 18 shots from the floor

— see also take the floor

floor

verb
floored; flooring; floors

Definition of floor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with a floor or flooring
2a : to knock or bring down
3 : to press (the accelerator of a vehicle) to the floorboard also : to accelerate rapidly floored the van

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Other Words from floor

Verb

floorer noun

Synonyms for floor

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of floor in a Sentence

Noun Keep your feet on the floor. the floor of a car She lives on the second floor of a five-story building. His office is located on the fourth floor. Verb He floored me with his first punch. The news just floored me.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All throughout DJ Kerwin Frost blasted music for partygoers, who stayed on the dance floor late into the night. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 10 Sep. 2021 Hardin is another cast member who knows her way around the dance floor. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Everyone hits the dance floor, Riley does the worm, and Demi gets on all floors and twerks her upper and lower back. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2021 Jessenia caught them kissing once in private before the pair spent the night unabashedly making out on the dance floor. Haley Kluge, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 Investigators still managed to recover small blood samples from the floor that matched the twins' DNA. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 7 Sep. 2021 The dance floor was a space for celebration, for exaltation, for escape. Emily Ziff Griffin, The New Yorker, 2 Sep. 2021 Other guests include Jack Nicholson, Cher and even royals like Grace Kelly and Prince Charles have been known to throw a move on the Caves dance floor. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Speaking on Good Morning America, the Team U.S.A. athlete and singer both shared their excitement to be hitting the dance floor this fall. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 28 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bend the knees if necessary to help keep your back flat to floor. Mallory Creveling, Health.com, 10 Sep. 2021 The incident report states that Jones has choked, hit and thrown the woman to floor over the past month. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 9 Sep. 2021 And in this riveting documentary by underground filmmaker Beth B, Lunch — who turned 62 in June — packs a punch that will floor you. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 July 2021 And never forget that his cockiness has always been part of his appeal: Shyamalan is a showman who loves to enrapture you with a good yarn and then floor you with a killer twist. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 26 July 2021 Just keep the wheel pointed straight, floor it, and go. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 26 June 2021 Prizes for players signing up at the event include upgrades to floor seats at the Social Gloves live event at Hard Rock Stadium, in addition to money. Tim Chan, Billboard, 11 June 2021 The goal is to have hearings on legislation in May and floor votes in June, according to Vos' office. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2021 And Cunningham was an undervalued local who gets by on raw instinct, endless energy and an apparent immunity to floor burns and black eyes. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of floor

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for floor

Noun

Middle English flor, from Old English flōr; akin to Old High German fluor meadow, Latin planus level, and perhaps to Greek planasthai to wander

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The first known use of floor was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

14 Sep 2021

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“Floor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floor. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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floor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of floor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the part of a room on which you stand
: the lower inside surface of something (such as a vehicle)
: the area of ground at the bottom of something

floor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of floor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (a surface) with material to make a floor
: to knock (someone) to the floor or ground
: to surprise, shock or amaze (someone) very much

floor

noun
\ ˈflȯr How to pronounce floor (audio) \

Kids Definition of floor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the part of a room on which people stand
2 : the lower inside surface of a hollow structure the floor of a car
3 : the area of ground at the bottom of something the ocean floor
4 : a story of a building the fourth floor

floor

verb
floored; flooring

Kids Definition of floor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to cover or provide with a floor The kitchen was floored with tile.
2 : to knock down The punch floored him.

floor

noun
\ ˈflō(ə)r, ˈflȯ(ə)r How to pronounce floor (audio) \

Medical Definition of floor

: the lower inside surface of a hollow anatomical structure the floor of the pelvis

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floor

noun

Legal Definition of floor

1a : a main level space (as in a stock exchange or legislative chamber) distinguished from a platform or gallery
b : members of an assembly took questions from the floor
c : the right to address an assembly the senator from Utah has the floor
2 : a lower limit a five percent floor on deductions for medical expenses

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