floor

1 of 2

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

2 of 2

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Incoming Duke freshman Cooper Flagg, only 17, was the best player on the floor during the media viewing period. Troy Renck, Orlando Sentinel, 9 July 2024 In recent weeks the government’s own cohesion has been tested by the resignation of a West Australian senator, who crossed the floor to vote with a rival party on the issue of Palestinian statehood. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, 9 July 2024
Verb
But even he was floored by the sweet taste of the lobster meat in his sister’s perfectly seasoned dish. Pamela McLoughlin, Hartford Courant, 1 July 2024 Dunst floored people with her mature performance in Interview With the Vampire and impressed audiences again in the classic literary adaptation Little Women (1994) and the fantasy adventure Jumanji (1996). Danny Horn, EW.com, 30 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for floor 

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Floor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floor. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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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