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 Oregon finally had its top five scorers on the floor together in a win over Arizona State last week and has won three straight after beating Arizona in Tucson. John Marshall, ajc, "Elite programs stuck on the NCAA Tournament bubble," 14 Feb. 2021 The Razorbacks have four guards and Vance Jackson on the floor right now. Joe Walljasper, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas outlasts No. 10 Missouri in overtime," 14 Feb. 2021 When 27 points mean nothing: With so much stardom on the floor, Curry badly wanted to leave a mark on this game. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Durant and the Warriors trade protocols for emotion," 13 Feb. 2021 In a league overrun by prolific scoring guards, having a pair on the floor together who can defend is no longer an NBA luxury. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs' starting backcourt becoming a defensive dynamic duo," 13 Feb. 2021 Lee’s animated objection to House managers on the floor, over details related to the same call, was later withdrawn. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s Mitt Romney votes — again — for impeachment; Mike Lee opposes it as Senate acquits Trump," 13 Feb. 2021 With him on the floor that night -- a 128-119 double-overtime win in Detroit -- the Cavs outscored the Pistons by 14 points. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers getting reminder of Kevin Love’s inherent value -- even if they don’t need it," 13 Feb. 2021 Her feet are planted on the floor, her hands neatly folded across her lap. New York Times, "The Sex Adviser Will See You Now. On Instagram.," 13 Feb. 2021 Cut the vertical supports and grind smooth the ends that will rest on the floor. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Three Wine Racks Your Can Build Yourself," 13 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The realistic strategy is to floor the gas and hurl obscenities out the window. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "What are you -- new?," 7 Feb. 2021 In the Senate, an omnibus bill that covers a wide range of policing issues won approval from one committee last week but is being vetted for fiscal impact by the Senate Finance Committee before probably moving on to floor debate. Washington Post, "Virginia Senate passes bill allowing judges to consider lesser charge in assault of police officer," 26 Aug. 2020 White started the second half but went to floor again two minutes into it, landing awkwardly on his own layup attempt. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs beat Pelicans, block Zion from the playoffs," 9 Aug. 2020 The Space Camp features a strong and rugged aluminum frame, and 68D polyester taffeta fly and floor with a 1,500- and 1,800-millimeter coating to keep the moisture out. Popular Science, "The best tents for making the outdoors comfortable," 6 July 2020 In response, flooring companies created imitation wood and tile that cost much less. Matthew Townsend, latimes.com, "Big Carpet wants to end America’s love of hardwood floors," 10 June 2019 The judges are floored by Julia’s subtle yet intricate take on this Billy Joel classic, dedicated to New York City. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, "American Idol recap: Meet your Top 11," 4 May 2020 The emotional equivalent of a sucker punch to the gut caught me totally off-guard and I was floored by an intense wave of grief, shock, anxiety and despair. Sarah Graham, refinery29.com, "I Did Everything Right But I Still Had A Mental Health Relapse," 10 Mar. 2020 But he is still floored by the scene that unfolded that evening, unbeknownst to anyone. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "The glamorous Speed Ball had an unwelcome visitor: the coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for floor

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

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Last Updated

22 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Floor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floor. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for floor

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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