float

float VERB 1) rest on the surface of a liquid without sinking. 2) move slowly, hover, or be suspended in a liquid or the air. 3) put forward (an idea) as a suggestion or test of reactions. 4) (usu. as adj. floating) remain unsettled in one's opinions, where one lives, etc. 5) offer the shares of (a company) for sale on the stock market for the first time. 6) (with reference to a currency) fluctuate or allow to fluctuate freely in value.
NOUN 1) a hollow or lightweight object or device designed to float on water, for example one attached to a fishing line signalling the bite of a fish. 2) a floating device which forms part of a valve apparatus controlling a flow of water. 3) Brit. a small vehicle powered by electricity: a milk float. 4) a platform mounted on a truck and carrying a display in a procession. 5) Brit. a sum of money available for minor expenses or to provide change. 6) a hand tool with a rectangular blade used for smoothing plaster.
float someone's boat — Cf. ↑float someone's boat
DERIVATIVES floater noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

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  • Float — or floating may refer to the following:Float* Float (fishing), a bite indicator used in angling * Float, a Cascading Style Sheets attribute. * Float (parade), a decorated vehicle or platform, animal or man drawn or motorized, used in a festive… …   Wikipedia

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  • Float — Float, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Floated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Floating}.] [OE. flotien, flotten, AS. flotian to float, swim, fr. fle[ o]tan. See {Float}, n.] 1. To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up. [1913 Webster] The ark no… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • float|y — «FLOH tee», adjective, float|i|er, float|i|est. 1. that can float; buoyant. 2. (of a ship) needing very little water to float …   Useful english dictionary

  • Float — Float, v. t. 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. [1913 Webster] Had floated that bell on the Inchcape rock. Southey. [1913 Webster] 2. To flood; to overflow; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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