Pronunciation: flōt
n.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.
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.
4.The act of flowing; flux; flow.
5.A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep.
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.
8.A single-cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers for rasping off pegs inside a shoe.
9.A coal cart.
10.The sea; a wave. See Flote, n.
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of a transaction (such as depositing a check or a purchase made using a credit card), and the time when funds are withdrawn to cover the transaction; also, the money made available between transactions in that manner.
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.
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
(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.
Float stone
(Arch.) a siliceous stone used to rub stonework or brickwork to a smooth surface.
- Raymond.
Float valve
b - a valve or cock acted upon by a float. See Float, 1 (b).
v. i.1.To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up.
[imp. & p. p. Floated; p. pr. & vb. n. Floating.]
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.
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.
2.To flood; to overflow; to cover with water.
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.
Noun1.float - the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
2.float - the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
3.float - a drink with ice cream floating in it
4.float - an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
5.float - a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
6.float - something that remains on the surface of a liquid
Verb1.float - 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"
Synonyms: be adrift, drift, blow
2.float - be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink
Synonyms: swim
go under, go down, sink, settle - go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
3.float - set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
4.float - circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"
5.float - move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"
6.float - put into the water; "float a ship"
7.float - make the surface of level or smooth; "float the plaster"
8.float - allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the ruble for a few months"
9.float - convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; "float data"
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