floor

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

floor

verb
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

Verb

floorer noun

Synonyms for floor

Synonyms: Noun

bed, bottom

Synonyms: Verb

appall (also appal), jolt, shake up, shock

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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

Eighteen members of Congress from both sides of the aisle took turns reading Doe’s words aloud on the House floor that summer. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A woman’s name and the long shadow of the Stanford rape case," 5 Sep. 2019 The prime minister watched on Tuesday as one of his members crossed the House floor and sat with the Liberal Democrats, officially erasing his government’s one-seat majority. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Brexit’s ‘Doomsday Politics’ Mean Voters May Be Last Chance to Resolve Crisis," 4 Sep. 2019 By Saturday, according to yet another witness, the child was still on the floor with little movement. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "11-month-old Selma girl suffered broken leg, arm, spine and brain trauma; father jailed on $1M bond," 4 Sep. 2019 The 7,000-word statement was also read aloud on CNN and by members of Congress on the House floor to enter it into the national record. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "'Emily Doe's' Victim Impact Statement Became a National Rallying Cry. Now We Know Her Name," 4 Sep. 2019 The boat's wreckage now rests upside down on the ocean floor. CBS News, "Man who lost five family members in California boat fire: "You don't want to believe it"," 4 Sep. 2019 And don’t even think about slipping, because the handrails are just as filthy as the floor. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 Johnson also saw his government’s one-person majority disappear in front of his eyes, as Conservative MP Phillip Lee crossed the floor to join the Liberal Democrats. David Meyer, Fortune, "Dow Chemical’s Sustainability Drive: CEO Daily," 4 Sep. 2019 The floor will be covered by a screenlike perimeter wall that lets Chicago’s famous winds whip right through the space. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: A challenger for Kim Foxx, the first day — ever — at Englewood STEM High School, and other things to know to start your day," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This example floored Jules Epstein, a law professor at Temple University and leading national authority on eyewitness testimony. oregonlive.com, "The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection," 16 Aug. 2019 Fiat Chrysler has been flooring it with a two-pronged approach to winning market share. latimes.com, "Ram’s monster month of truck sales stands out in otherwise sputtering market," 2 July 2019 Singers Mandel is floored by Lee, Union's golden-buzzer recipient, both for his piano and singing skills and his inspirational story. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'AGT' goes live: The best acts headed into the final rounds of summer's top show," 12 Aug. 2019 Auburn was floored by the news of Person’s arrest in September 2017. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Auburn expects basketball program to receive Notice of Allegations from NCAA," 18 July 2019 People were particularly floored that Janine and Tricia Miller were the same person. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "One Reddit Fan Just Made a Wild Connection Between 'Handmaid's Tale' and 'Orange Is the New Black'," 17 July 2019 The 40-year-old set the tone by flooring Thurman in the first round with a straight right hand and won the 12-round bout on a split decision to become the oldest welterweight champion in history. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman in split decision for welterweight crown," 21 July 2019 Pacquiao floored Thurman early and persevered late to an exciting split-decision victory Saturday night, adding a third straight win to his late-career resurgence. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman by split decision," 21 July 2019 Pacquiao floored Thurman early and persevered late to an exciting split-decision victory Saturday night, adding a third straight win to his late-career resurgence. Greg Beacham, BostonGlobe.com, "Even at 40, Manny Pacquiao keeps pounding out wins," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of floor

Noun

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

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for floor

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

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floodwood

flooey

floor

floorage

floor arch

floorboard

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floor

noun

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

floor

verb

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

floor

noun
\ 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

floor

verb
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.

floor

noun
\ 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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floor

noun

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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