noun, often attributive
\ ˈflȯr \

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


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

b : flabbergast, dumbfound

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


floorer noun

Synonyms for floor

Synonyms: Noun

bed, bottom

Synonyms: Verb

appall (also appal), jolt, shake up, shock

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Examples of floor in a Sentence


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.


He floored me with his first punch. The news just floored me.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Upton told Vogue of the big event, which ended with a fireworks display that lit up the Tuscan sky, music from the Soul Brothers and The Kitts that lit up the dance floor, and then late-night karaoke. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kate Upton Is Pregnant With Her First Child," 14 July 2018 Extras on our tester included 16-inch, eight-spoke alloy wheels with P195/50R16 tires ($300); and carpeted floor and cargo-area mats ($224). G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 Once completed, the development will have about 3,600 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and 28 condominium units on floors two through four, ranging from 1,700 to 3,100 square feet. David Heitz, chicagotribune.com, "Foxford Station development rises quickly in downtown Western Springs," 12 July 2018 Other features include bronze and alabaster sconces by French artist Albert Cheuret, Belgian black marble floors and rosewood paneling. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "‘Episodes’ co-creators Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane list L.A. penthouse for $29.9 million," 11 July 2018 Keep your hips square with the floor and toes pointed down. Philly.com, "A beginner's guide to starting a yoga practice," 10 July 2018 That someday took a while, but Empire boasts both the hole between the second and third floors and a glass retractable roof. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Empire Burgers & Brew in Naperville," 8 July 2018 Our jaws were on the floor and our eyes were super big. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "This Michigan girl, 4, with cerebral palsy just took her first steps," 6 July 2018 Do yourself a favor and revisit this album today: Debut marks the expansive beginnings to one of the most exciting careers in modern music, while lobbing bombs on the dance floor and throwing anchors into the depths of your heart. William Goodman, Billboard, "Bjork's 'Debut': An Art-Pop Masterpiece Turns 25," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the incoherent, visually chaotic climax, Mary winds up flooring her expensive coupe into the men shooting at — but somehow missing — her. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Proud Mary’ has a ‘Proud Mary’ Problem," 19 Jan. 2018 On Friday, she was floored by the scene of Weinstein surrendering to authorities in New York. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Rose McGowan's message to Harvey Weinstein: 'We got you'," 25 May 2018 All three judges appear to be floored by Brandon’s bilingual singing skills. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'American Idol' Recap: Katy Perry Wants a Duet With Lady Gaga & The Top 24 Loses Five (Critic's Take)," 10 Apr. 2018 Dorenbos received the ring Thursday and was floored by every aspect of it. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Watch: Eagles Fan Favorite Jon Dorenbos Can’t Believe How Cool His Super Bowl Ring Is," 21 June 2018 Meanwhile, the generic-and-lumbering Mr. Incredible is floored by his most diabolical villain yet: responsibility. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Incredibles 2 review: Brad Bird, Pixar are on fire with this superhero sequel," 15 June 2018 Teen Vogue Take To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that : 0%: 0% Based on her post to Instagram, Vivian is apparently floored by the reaction, too. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Twitter Reacts To ASOS Plus Size Model Vivian Eyo-Ephraim," 2 Apr. 2018 Since dropping the lyric video at 12 a.m. Thursday (May 3) morning, fans have been floored by the singer's use of 3D imagery. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Troye Sivan Releases "Bloom" Music Video," 3 May 2018 Trisha Michael, a Black Lives Matter Los Angeles member who has lived in the neighborhood for three years, said her entire family has been floored by Anthony’s death. Angela Helm, The Root, "A Community Reels After the Police Killing of 16-Year-Old Anthony ‘A.J.’ Weber in Los Angeles," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of floor


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for floor


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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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



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


\ ˈflȯr \

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


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.


\ ˈflō(ə)r, ˈflȯ(ə)r \

Medical Definition of floor 

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

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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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alleviating pain or harshness

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