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float - Dictionary definition and meaning for word float

Definition
(noun) the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
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(noun) the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
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(noun) a drink with ice cream floating in it
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(noun) an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
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(noun) a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
Synonyms : plasterer's float

Definition
(noun) something that floats on the surface of water
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(noun) an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy
Synonyms : air bladder , swim bladder

Definition
(verb) be in motion due to some air or water current
Synonyms : be adrift , blow , drift
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
Synonyms : swim

Definition
(verb) set afloat
Example Sentence
  • He floated the logs down the river
  • The boy floated his toy boat on the pond

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(verb) circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
Example Sentence
  • The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform

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(verb) move lightly, as if suspended
Example Sentence
  • The dancer floated across the stage

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(verb) put into the water
Example Sentence
  • float a ship

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(verb) make the surface of level or smooth
Example Sentence
  • float the plaster

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(verb) allow (currencies) to fluctuate
Example Sentence
  • The government floated the ruble for a few months

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(verb) convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation
Example Sentence
  • float data

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