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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Over a steady sequence of four-on-the-floor rhythms, Drake hardly ever raps, choosing instead to sing the way cotton candy accumulates on a twirling paper stick. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 At Captain Foxheart's Band News Bar & Spirit Lodge, expert bartenders offer it all in a classy second-floor setting where there's immense respect and love for spirits. Robin Soslow, Chron, 19 June 2022 That work will include adding a rooftop garden to the hotel, which already boasts a seventh-floor outdoor space regarded as the highest terrace in the city. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 19 June 2022 His mother, Kimberly Willingham, recalled finding a bullet hole in her blinds and a bullet in the living room of their 10th-floor Cabrini-Green apartment. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 18 June 2022 Responding officers observed seven individuals, unescorted and without Congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 18 June 2022 The Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego has recently converted its second-floor fountain terrace into an outdoor dining spot named Veranda. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2022 Two people who lived in the third-floor apartment were displaced, Heflin said. Felicia Alvarez, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 This 5,000 square foot estate has 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, and offers a surrounding view of the pond from the second-floor porch. oregonlive, 17 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Return hips to floor, but do not lower your right leg. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 2 Jan. 2022 Lizzo regularly talks about the importance of body positivity, and she's also known to completely floor people with her onstage performances. Korin Miller, Health.com, 1 Oct. 2021 The Eagles put the pedal to floor right from the start, and Independence appeared a bit intimidated. Joe Magill, cleveland, 13 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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\ 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



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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