noun, often attributive
\ ˈflȯr How to pronounce floor (audio) \
plural floors

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

— see also take 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 The couple may have to settle for a less-desirable date, or restrictions at the venue, or masks required at the ceremony and on the dance floor. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Time to say ‘I do’: Couples rebook their Florida weddings after COVID delays," 6 Apr. 2021 Anyone who can snap fingers and swing a Hula-Hoop can be comfortable on the living-room dance floor of new Turkish friends. Rick Steves, chicagotribune.com, "Rick Steves’ Europe: Laz-pitality in Northeastern Turkey," 2 Apr. 2021 But those two albums are really separate endeavors; Maxwell’s music is airier and often more dance-floor friendly, pushing past the 95 b.p.m. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, "Maxwell Wasn’t Sure He Wanted to Be a Star. ‘Urban Hang Suite’ Left Him No Choice," 1 Apr. 2021 Those rules mean the dance floor will remain closed for now, and the number of people allowed inside will be limited. oregonlive, "CC Slaughters, popular longtime gay nightclub in Portland, will reopen its doors in April," 31 Mar. 2021 Don't do this two nights before a wedding and expect to unsheathe your toes for the entire dance floor to see. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "T&C Tried & True: A Review of the Cult Favorite Baby Foot Peel," 27 Mar. 2021 Steadicam operator Tanner Carlson’s kinetic camerawork, especially on the dance floor of a coffee shop, house party or gay bar, is expertly executed and utterly intoxicating. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Coming of age to the sounds of the Smiths in ‘Shoplifters of the World’," 25 Mar. 2021 Several zones are already covered, and the district will provide tenting over the dance floor and reception area. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Here’s what Allen ISD has planned for graduation, prom," 24 Mar. 2021 The building has more parking space, a dance floor three times bigger than their current one and more than 60 feet of window space for advertising. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's Daync Studio is fighting to keep teaching dance moves, spreading culture," 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And Cunningham was an undervalued local who gets by on raw instinct, endless energy and an apparent immunity to floor burns and black eyes. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas takes next step with elusive Big 12 title," 13 Mar. 2021 The realistic strategy is to floor the gas and hurl obscenities out the window. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "What are you -- new?," 7 Feb. 2021 In the Senate, an omnibus bill that covers a wide range of policing issues won approval from one committee last week but is being vetted for fiscal impact by the Senate Finance Committee before probably moving on to floor debate. Washington Post, "Virginia Senate passes bill allowing judges to consider lesser charge in assault of police officer," 26 Aug. 2020 White started the second half but went to floor again two minutes into it, landing awkwardly on his own layup attempt. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs beat Pelicans, block Zion from the playoffs," 9 Aug. 2020 The Space Camp features a strong and rugged aluminum frame, and 68D polyester taffeta fly and floor with a 1,500- and 1,800-millimeter coating to keep the moisture out. Popular Science, "The best tents for making the outdoors comfortable," 6 July 2020 In response, flooring companies created imitation wood and tile that cost much less. Matthew Townsend, latimes.com, "Big Carpet wants to end America’s love of hardwood floors," 10 June 2019 The judges are floored by Julia’s subtle yet intricate take on this Billy Joel classic, dedicated to New York City. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, "American Idol recap: Meet your Top 11," 4 May 2020 The emotional equivalent of a sucker punch to the gut caught me totally off-guard and I was floored by an intense wave of grief, shock, anxiety and despair. Sarah Graham, refinery29.com, "I Did Everything Right But I Still Had A Mental Health Relapse," 10 Mar. 2020

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Floor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floor. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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
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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