floor

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noun

plural floors
often attributive
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

see also take the floor

floor

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verb

floored; flooring; floors

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
Phrases
from the floor
: in field goals as opposed to free throws
made 16 of 18 shots from the floor

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Not far from the town hall, and across the plaza from the church, is the Interpretation Center of Witchcraft, on the top floor of a two-story house. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Dec. 2022 By this time, however, Cazes had spent the better part of a week on the eighth floor of the NSB office. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2022 Wind up to the second floor of the building, meanwhile, and you’ll be stopped in your tracks by a giant dinosaur. Cassandra Pintro, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2022 Chudaev and some 32 others spent the next three nights sleeping on the floor of the airport. Lisa Abend/dublin, Time, 21 Nov. 2022 Located in 1 Maritime Plaza, on the second floor of a 25-story tower adjacent to Embarcadero Center, the bar appears to be banking on the return of office workers to downtown San Francisco. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Nov. 2022 The Cessna 172 made impact on the second floor of a Hermantown home in before coming to a halt in the residents' backyard. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2022 As part of the Captain Penny Show and on the seventh floor of the Downtown Hallie’s department store. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2022 The baby was located and rescued from the second floor of a two-story apartment building, Deputy Fire Chief Erich Roden said. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2022
Verb
Clemmer started a GoFundMe page to help cover construction costs associated with privacy improvements, like making all stalls floor-to-ceiling. Katie Anastas, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Oct. 2022 The RX350h feels unusually anemic, however, requiring you to floor the accelerator to match the flow of highway traffic. Mark Takahashi, Car and Driver, 9 Sep. 2022 Hardy was able to floor each of his opponents in the competition. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2022 As for the nine-speed automatic, its chunky shift paddles are part of an incredibly simple arming procedure for its new launch control: Hold the brake pedal, pull back on both paddles, floor the accelerator, release the brakes, and hang on. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 16 May 2022 The pain clearly lingered for the Argentine, and Charlo pounced with a combination of a right hook to the body and a left to the head to floor Castano for good. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 Take out the hard launch and floor it from a 5-mph roll, and the 60-mph trip stretches to 5.9 seconds. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 27 Apr. 2022 To see this on a screen in 2018 was enough to floor you. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 10 Apr. 2022 Still, for those who want to floor the gas pedal, several production EVs have set speed records that handily surpass most combustion engines. Jaclyn Trop, Fortune, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near floor

Cite this Entry

“Floor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floor. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

floor 1 of 2

noun

ˈflō(ə)r How to pronounce floor (audio)
ˈflȯ(ə)r
1
: the part of a room on which one stands
2
a
: the lower inside surface of a hollow structure
the floor of a car
b
: a ground surface
the ocean floor
3
: a story of a building
lives on the second floor

floor

2 of 2

verb

1
: to cover with a floor or flooring
2
a
: to knock to the floor

Medical Definition

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

Legal Definition

floor

noun

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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