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


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


floorer noun

Synonyms for floor

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Jaylen Brown, in a 14-for-48 slump, pushed the ball down the floor with Philadelphia reserve Furkan Korkmaz the only player between him and the rim. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics’ best players have to be better," 10 Jan. 2020 Weapons are banned in certain parts of the building, which was designed by former President Thomas Jefferson, including the Senate gallery and the governor’s office on the third floor. Washington Post, "Virginia lawmakers set to vote on Capitol gun ban," 10 Jan. 2020 Thompson directed the youngsters where to go on the floor, physically moving Garland into the correct spot at one point prior to a late inbounds pass. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers show support for John Beilein with feel-good win: ‘We’re behind him 100 percent'," 10 Jan. 2020 Forecasters are looking toward the possibility of snow to the valley floor Wednesday and Thursday. oregonlive, "Portland Friday weather: High wind advisory, rain for valleys; snow hits the mountains," 10 Jan. 2020 The building has spaces available from 2,000 square feet up to three full floors, according to Colvill Office Properties. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "1001 Fannin office tower downtown slated for $20 million renovations," 10 Jan. 2020 There’s no need for narrative coherence, just technobabble nods at whatever the next task is—turning on backup power, or pressurizing the sea suits, or trudging across the ocean floor toward an escape pod. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Underwater Entertains but Doesn’t Have Much Depth," 9 Jan. 2020 Norah’s world, like the ocean floor beneath her, has already cracked apart. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Kristen Stewart Floats Above the Deep-Sea Dumbness of Underwater," 9 Jan. 2020 And there’s a label for a single window pane on the landing between the first and second floors that’s coated in delicate silver leaf, a call-back to Rebecca Holland’s 2000 residency. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Hidden treasures trace the history of Artpace in San Antonio," 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


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

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Floor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floors. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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



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


\ 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


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 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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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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