Definition of "float" []

  • To remain suspended within or on the surface of a fluid without sinking. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be suspended in or move through space as if supported by a liquid. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move from place to place, especially at random. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move easily or lightly: "Miss Golightly . . . floated round in their arms light as a scarf” ( Truman Capote). (verb-intransitive)
  • Economics To find a level in relationship to other currencies solely in response to the law of supply and demand: allowed the dollar to float. (verb-intransitive)
  • To rest or cause to rest on the surface of a fluid or in a fluid or space without sinking; be buoyant or cause to exhibit buoyancy (verb)

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  • To move or cause to move buoyantly, lightly, or freely across a surface or through air, water, etc; drift (verb)
  • To move about aimlessly, esp in the mind (verb)
  • To suspend or be suspended without falling; hang (verb)
  • To launch or establish (a commercial enterprise, etc) (verb)
  • To offer for sale (stock or bond issues, etc) on the stock market (verb)
  • To allow (a currency) to fluctuate against other currencies in accordance with market forces (verb)
  • To flood, inundate, or irrigate (land), either artificially or naturally (verb)
  • To spread, smooth, or level (a surface of plaster, rendering, etc) (verb)
  • Something that floats (noun)
  • An indicator attached to a baited line that sits on the water and moves when a fish bites (noun)
  • A small hand tool with a rectangular blade used for floating plaster, etc (noun)
  • Any buoyant object, such as a platform or inflated tube, used offshore by swimmers or, when moored alongside a pier, as a dock by vessels (noun)
  • A blade of a paddle wheel (noun)
  • A buoyant garment or device to aid a person in staying afloat (noun)
  • A hollow watertight structure fitted to the underside of an aircraft to allow it to land on water (noun)
  • An exhibit carried in a parade, esp a religious parade (noun)
  • A motor vehicle used to carry a tableau or exhibit in a parade, esp a civic parade (noun)
  • A small delivery vehicle, esp one powered by batteries (noun)
  • A vehicle for transporting horses (noun)
  • The total value of uncollected cheques and other commercial papers (noun)
  • A sum to be applied to minor expenses; petty cash (noun)
  • A sum of money used by shopkeepers to provide change at the start of the day's business, this sum being subtracted from the total at the end of the day when calculating the day's takings (noun)
  • The hollow floating ball of a ballcock (noun)
  • A hollow cylindrical structure in a carburettor that actuates the fuel valve (noun)
  • A carbonated soft drink with a scoop of ice cream in it (noun)
  • (in textiles) a single thread brought to or above the surface of a woven fabric, esp to form a pattern (noun)
  • A measure of timber equal to eighteen loads (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "float" in a sentence
  • "They will never be able to guide balloons as sailors do ships, by a rudder, because ships do not float suspended in the water as balloons float in the air; nor do birds _float_ through the air in any sense."
  • "These prodigious blocks of granite, thirty or forty feet long and twenty feet thick, which float on this grim sea of ice, _do float_, and are _drifting_, drifting down to the valley below, where, in a few days, they must arrive."
  • "The term float stands for floating-point (which just means that the decimal point can "float" to any position in the number)."