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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Float \Float\ (fl[=o]t), noun[OE. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS. flota ship, fr. fle['o]tan to float; akin to D. vloot fleet, G. floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Sw. flotta. [root] 84. See {Fleet}, verb (used without an object), and cf. {Flotilla}, {Flotsam}, {Plover}.]

1. Anything which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid, as to sustain weight, or to indicate the height of the liquid surface, or mark the place of, something. Specifically: (a) A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft. (b) The hollow, metallic ball of a self-acting faucet, which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler. (c) The cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait line, and indicate the bite of a fish. (d) Anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink; an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to swim; a life preserver. (e) The hollow, metallic ball which floats on the fuel in the fuel tank of a vehicle to indicate the level of the fuel surface, and thus the amount of fuel remaining. (f) A hollow elongated tank mounted under the wing of a seaplane which causes the plane to float when resting on the surface of the water. [1913 Webster +PJC]

This reform bill . . . had been used as a float by the conservative ministry. --J. P. Peters.

2. A float board. See {Float board} (below).

3. (Tempering) A contrivance for affording a copious stream of water to the heated surface of an object of large bulk, as an anvil or die. --Knight.

4. The act of flowing; flux; flow. [Obs.] --Bacon.

5. A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep. [Obs.] --Mortimer.

6. (Plastering) The trowel or tool with which the floated coat of plastering is leveled and smoothed.

7. A polishing block used in marble working; a runner. --Knight.

8. A single-cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers for rasping off pegs inside a shoe.

9. A coal cart. [Eng.] --Simmonds.

10. The sea; a wave. See {Flote}, noun

11. (Banking) The free use of money for a time between occurrence of a transaction (such as depositing a check or a purchase made using a credit card), and the time when funds are withdrawn to cover the transaction; also, the money made available between transactions in that manner. [PJC]

12. a vehicle on which an exhibit or display is mounted, driven or pulled as part of a parade. The float often is based on a large flat platform, and may contain a very elaborate structure with a tableau or people. [PJC]

{Float board}, one of the boards fixed radially to the rim of an undershot water wheel or of a steamer's paddle wheel; -- a vane.

{Float case} (Naut.), a caisson used for lifting a ship.

{Float copper} or {Float gold} (Mining), fine particles of metallic copper or of gold suspended in water, and thus liable to be lost.

{Float ore}, water-worn particles of ore; fragments of vein material found on the surface, away from the vein outcrop. --Raymond.

{Float stone} (Arch.), a siliceous stone used to rub stonework or brickwork to a smooth surface.

{Float valve}, a valve or cock acted upon by a float. See {Float}, 1 (b) .

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Float \Float\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Floated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Floating}.] [OE. flotien, flotten, AS. flotian to float, swim, fr. fle['o]tan. See {Float}, noun]

1. To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up.

The ark no more now floats, but seems on ground. --Milton.

Three blustering nights, borne by the southern blast, I floated. --Dryden.

2. To move quietly or gently on the water, as a raft; to drift along; to move or glide without effort or impulse on the surface of a fluid, or through the air.

They stretch their broad plumes and float upon the wind. --Pope.

There seems a floating whisper on the hills. --Byron.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Float \Float\, verb (used with an object)

1. 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.

Had floated that bell on the Inchcape rock. --Southey.

2. To flood; to overflow; to cover with water.

Proud Pactolus floats the fruitful lands. --Dryden.

3. (Plastering) To pass over and level the surface of with a float while the plastering is kept wet.

4. To support and sustain the credit of, as a commercial scheme or a joint-stock company, so as to enable it to go into, or continue in, operation.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment

2: the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public

3: a drink with ice cream floating in it [syn: {ice-cream soda}, {ice-cream float}, {float}]

4: an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade

5: a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco [syn: {float}, {plasterer's float}]

6: something that floats on the surface of water

7: an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy [syn: {air bladder}, {swim bladder}, {float}]


1: be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore" [syn: {float}, {drift}, {be adrift}, {blow}]

2: be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom [syn: {float}, {swim}] [ant: {go down}, {go under}, {settle}, {sink}]

3: set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"

4: circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"

5: move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"

6: put into the water; "float a ship"

7: make the surface of level or smooth; "float the plaster"

8: allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the ruble for a few months"

9: convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; "float data"

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