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float

noun (n)

  • the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment (noun.time)
    source: wordnet30
  • the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public (noun.possession)
    source: wordnet30
  • a drink with ice cream floating in it (noun.food)
    source: wordnet30
  • an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • something that floats on the surface of water (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy (noun.animal)
    source: wordnet30
  • Anything which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid, as to sustain weight, or to indicate the height of the surface, or mark the place of, something. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • be in motion due to some air or water current (verb.motion)
    Synonym: be adrift, blow, drift
    source: wordnet30
  • be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom (verb.motion)
    Synonym: swim
    Antonym: go down, go under, settle, sink
    source: wordnet30
  • set afloat (verb.motion)
    Example:
    He floated the logs down the river.
    The boy floated his toy boat on the pond.
    source: wordnet30
  • circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with (verb.social)
    Example:
    The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform.
    source: wordnet30
  • move lightly, as if suspended (verb.motion)
    Example:
    The dancer floated across the stage.
    source: wordnet30
  • put into the water (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Float a ship.
    source: wordnet30
  • make the surface of level or smooth (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Float the plaster.
    source: wordnet30
  • allow (currencies) to fluctuate (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    The government floated the ruble for a few months.
    source: wordnet30
  • convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation (verb.change)
    Example:
    Float data.
    source: wordnet30
  • To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To cause to float; to cause to rest or move on the surface of a fluid; as, the tide floated the ship into the harbor. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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