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

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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 The Musketeers were connected and committed at both ends of the floor. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Xavier basketball snaps out of losing streak with a strong win over Georgetown," 23 Jan. 2020 When the Senate adjourned after nearly 13 hours, senators dashed off of the floor. NBC News, "One senator took a bathroom break at the worst time. Giggles ensue.," 23 Jan. 2020 Here are the latest and greatest shotguns direct from the floor at SHOT Show 2020. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The Best New Shotguns from SHOT Show 2020," 21 Jan. 2020 The normally chummy senators won’t even be allowed to talk at length to people nearby or walk on certain areas of the Senate floor. Washington Post, "AP News in Brief at 11:04 p.m. EST," 19 Jan. 2020 As both players went to the other end of the floor, setting up for the Cavs’ next offensive possession, the chirping continued, and Orr assessed double techs. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Tristan Thompson ejected for ‘butt slap’ of Jae Crowder, plans to appeal," 18 Jan. 2020 Reporters also found that school employees were physically restraining children — sometimes facedown on the floor — when there was not an emergency safety risk, also a violation of state law. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, "Illinois Lawmakers Are Calling for a Nationwide Ban on Isolated Timeouts of Students," 15 Jan. 2020 Much of the floor is now used for storage and mechanical equipment. USA TODAY, "MLK, robot unemployment, Python Bowl: News from around our 50 states," 14 Jan. 2020 Then, on the second or third floor, there was a man behind a desk. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Reporting on a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb She was floored by his composure, and shared her observation on social media. Melissa Chan, Time, "These Heroes Went Above and Beyond in 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Roffman was floored that parents wanted their kids to cry. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, "New Christmas photo trend has parents hoping their kids will cry with Santa," 9 Dec. 2019 With former world champions Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather Jr. watching on at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Wilder had struggled to get the better of Ortiz before the American floored the Cuban in the seventh round. John Sinnott, CNN, "Deontay Wilder floors Luis Ortiz to retain world heavweight title," 24 Nov. 2019 Robert Saleh’s defense is flooring the gas pedal through two games. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers report card: ‘A’ fabulous road to a 2-0 start," 16 Sep. 2019 Retail Economics, an independent consultancy, found that sales of homewares, electrical items, furniture and flooring all fell in February from the year earlier, indicating that consumers are still wary of making big-ticket purchases. Washington Post, "A Brexit Delay? Time to Head to the Shops," 10 Apr. 2019 When a sheriff's deputy appeared - spotting the unusual caravan where normally there would only be deer, turkey vultures and packs of wild hogs - authorities say the teens floored it. Maria Sacchetti, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Bodies flew everywhere’: A border chase shows role U.S. citizens play in immigration smuggling," 1 Nov. 2019 Corporate named the robot Glen, not to be confused with former store manager (and now floor employee) Glenn. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Cloud 9 gets a robot in exclusive Superstore season 5 sneak peek," 24 Sep. 2019 Kovalev was rocked by heavy punches from the British challenger in the eighth round but Yarde tired, allowing Kovalev to floor him with a left jab in the 11th . . . BostonGlobe.com, "US men lose to Australia in basketball," 25 Aug. 2019

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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

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Floor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floor. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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More Definitions for floor

floor

noun
How to pronounce floor (audio)

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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