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floor

noun, often attributive \ ˈflȯr \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of floor

1 : the level base of a room
2 a : the lower inside surface of a hollow structure (such as a cave or bodily part)
b : a ground surface
  • the ocean floor
3 a : 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
5 a : 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

Examples of floor in a Sentence

  1. Keep your feet on the floor.

  2. the floor of a car

  3. She lives on the second floor of a five-story building.

  4. His office is located on the fourth floor.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

floor Synonyms

Synonyms
bed, bottom
Related Words
riverbed; base, basement, foundation, ground
Near Antonyms
surface

Other Architecture Terms


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floor

verb

Definition of floor

transitive verb
1 : to cover with a floor or flooring
2 a : to knock or bring down
3 : to press (the accelerator of a vehicle) to the floorboard; also : to accelerate rapidly
  • floored the van

floorer

noun

Examples of floor in a Sentence

  1. He floored me with his first punch.

  2. The news just floored me.

Recent Examples of floor from the Web

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First Known Use of floor

15th century



FLOOR Defined for English Language Learners

floor

noun

Definition of floor for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of floor for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FLOOR Defined for Kids

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floor

noun \ ˈflȯr \

Definition of floor for Students

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

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floor

verb

Definition of floor for Students

floored; flooring
1 : to cover or provide with a floor
  • The kitchen was floored with tile.
2 : to knock down
  • The punch floored him.

Medical Dictionary

floor

noun \ ˈflō(ə)r, ˈflȯ(ə)r \

medical Definition of floor

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

Law Dictionary

floor

noun

legal Definition of floor

1 a : 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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