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

Kerr has credited him for taking great care of the ball and establishing a tempo on both ends of the floor. Janie Mccauley, The Seattle Times, "Warriors suspend fiery Green 1 game for detrimental conduct," 14 Nov. 2018 The last time that happened was in January, when two Democratic lawmakers introduced two separate bills: one that would have eventually raised the wage floor to $12 an hour, and another that would have raised it to $15. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Voters just gave nearly 1 million workers a raise in 2 red states," 7 Nov. 2018 Among the problems observed, according to the newspaper, are holes in walls and wooden roofs, with buckets on tables and floors to capture water leaks. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russian space leader issues decree against trash, “sloppy” work attitudes," 7 Nov. 2018 Founded in 1882, and probably the oldest office of its kind in the United States, it was known by insiders as 5600, because since 1934 it had been housed on the 56th floor at Rockefeller Center. William Middleton, Town & Country, "From Gates to Rockefeller, Wealthy Families Hire Personal Historians to Preserve Their Legacy," 26 Oct. 2018 Thanks to her, all senators now have the right to bring a child under one year old onto the floor and breast-feed during votes. Maira Kalman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Talks Her New Book and Praises Daring Women," 24 Oct. 2018 Participants endure months in cramped confines in analog missions at NASA’s facilities in Houston, as well as remote places like Antarctica, the floor of the Atlantic Ocean and atop a Hawaiian volcano. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "Want to be a Mars Astronaut? You'll Need the Proper Mindset," 16 Oct. 2018 More of a pouch than a pad, the Proaller Foot Warmer looks a little like a sleeping bag for your feet and is intended for those suffering from poor circulation and arthritis as well as cold floors. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "People Are Obsessed With This $46 Heating Pad That’s Like a Sleeping Bag for Your Feet," 15 Oct. 2018 With a diameter of 54 miles (87 kilometers), Aristoteles has a complex border surmounted by peaks that rise nearly 11,000 feet (3,350 meters) above the crater floor. Miguel Claro, Space.com, "See the Moon in All Its Cratered, Groovy Glory (Photo)," 25 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Campers will be treated to a superstar showcase from Mark Ronson, and hip-hop heads will be floored with performances from the ever-iconic Slick Rick the Ruler and Big Daddy Kane. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Mark Ronson, Chris Lake, Slick Rick & More Lead Dirtybird Campout West 2018 Lineup," 10 July 2018 Early in the fourth, Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) again floored a fading Ali (26-2) with a timely placed left hook to the chin. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "Why two of the top light-heavyweights of the decade may never face each other in the ring | Miami Herald," 13 May 2018 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

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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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