floor

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

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

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

bed, bottom

Synonyms: Verb

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

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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

Just this year, there are some fun games down on the floor. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Nintendo's Doug Bowser Talks Switch Success, Video Game Industry 'Crunch' and More," 12 June 2019 Other youngsters lie on the floor washing the residues of pepper spray from their faces. The Economist, "“They chose to come and fight for the freedom of Hong Kong”," 12 June 2019 Providing more evidence for this theory, there appears to be what’s called a central depression on the basin's floor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Make Massive Discovery on the Far Side of the Moon," 12 June 2019 That question has been answered, at least partially, by a hands-off demo available to view on the E3 show floor. Evan Lewis, EW.com, "5 takeaways from the Marvel's Avengers E3 gameplay demo," 12 June 2019 For the season, the Magic put up a 100.6 defensive rating with him on the floor. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Isaiah Briscoe helped turn Magic’s defense, season around," 11 June 2019 But the company's really impressive E3 2019 material comes in the form of three brand-new games playable on the show floor. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "After 8Chan-gate, THQN unveils stirring anti-Nazi game set in 1930s Germany," 11 June 2019 Within more than 1,600 square feet of interior are mosaic parquet wood floors, formal living and dining rooms, a sun room and a den with a rock-wall fireplace. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Tyra Banks lands her next home project in Pacific Palisades," 10 June 2019 Even more obviously, like Pollock, Cai’s work surface is the floor of his studio. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Museum of Art ignites burning river anniversary with incendiary art of Cai Guo-Qiang," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Once caught, smugglers sometimes try to escape, bolting on foot or flooring their car toward the highway. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "Is There a Crisis at the Border?," 5 Nov. 2018 The Autobahn in Germany isn't just for flooring it anymore. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Autobahn Just Became Electric," 8 May 2019 Then, flooring from DuChateau was installed to elevate the sense of warmth and luxury. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Behind the Scenes of a Town & Country Photoshoot," 13 Mar. 2019 Pierpaolo Piccioli created for Moncler Genius floored me. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Fall 2019 Collections," 12 Mar. 2019 Me, @iammarkronson, @antmundo and @wyattish are floored by this win. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Rocio admits that she's been floored by the supportive tweets. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Makeup Artist Embraced Her Acne with Colorful Makeup and Star Stickers," 18 Sep. 2018 Bobby Bones's victory comes just one week after fans were floored that Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke were eliminated in the semi finals round. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Neil Patrick Harris Slams 'DWTS' Winner Bobby Bones With Scathing Tweet," 20 Nov. 2018 Ilir Sela, owner of online pizza-ordering service SliceLife, was floored in March when the Season Five premiere featured a fictitious pizza company named SliceLine stealing engineers from Pied Piper. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "Actual Silicon Valley Startup Gets Inspiration From HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Startup," 16 Nov. 2018

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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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floodwood

flooey

floor

floorage

floor arch

floorboard

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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
informal : 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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