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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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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)."