- The definition of a float is a small buoyant object, or a small object attached to a fishing line to show you when a fish bites.
- A raft that stays on the surface of the pool is an example of a float.
- A little round object attached to your fishing pole that shows you when a fish has bitten is an example of a float.
- To float is defined as to be suspended in water or liquid to stay near the surface, or to come into your mind, or to make a suggestion, or to fluctuate in value.
- A raft that doesn't sink but that instead stays at the top of a swimming pool is an example of something that floats.
- When you lay on your back in the ocean and let the salt water hold you up on the surface of the water, this is an example of when you float.
- When a song you like to listen to drifts into your head, this is an example of when the song floats into your head.
- When you suggest to your boss that a new timecard system might be wise, this is an example of when you float the idea.
- When your mortgage is tied to the LIBOR index instead of fixed, this is an example of a time when your rate floats.
This beach ball floats on the water.
- anything that stays, or causes something else to stay, on the surface of a liquid or suspended near the surface; specif.,
- an air-filled bladder, as in a fish
- a cork on a fishing line
- a floating ball or device that regulates the valve controlling water level, as in a tank, or fuel supply, as in a carburetor
- a raftlike platform anchored near a shore, as for use by swimmers
- ☆ a life preserver
- a buoyant device on an aircraft to enable it to land or remain on water
- a low, flat, decorated vehicle for carrying exhibits, tableaux, etc. in a parade
- this vehicle together with its exhibit, tableau, etc.
- a flat tool for smoothing or spreading cement, plaster, etc.
- a thread that is brought to the surface of a cloth in weaving, esp. to form a pattern
- ☆ a cold beverage with ice cream floating in it: root beer float
- the act or an instance of floating
- any of the various styles of floating executed by swimmers
- the act of allowing a currency to float on the market
- ☆ Banking the total value of checks or drafts in transit and not yet collected
Origin of floatMiddle English flote ; from Old English flota, that which floats, ship, fleet ; from base of fleotan: see fleet
- to stay on the surface of a liquid or suspended near the surface
- to drift or move slowly or easily on water, in air, etc.: leaves floating down from the trees
- ☆ to move or drift about vaguely and without purpose: idle thoughts floating through the mind
- to fluctuate freely in relationship to other currencies, as determined by supply and demand: said of a currency
Origin of floatME flotien < OE flotian
- to cause to stay on the surface of a liquid or suspended near the surface
- to bring to the surface and cause to stay there
- Now Rare to cover (land) with water; flood
- to put into circulation; place on the market: to float a bond issue
- to establish or start (a business, etc.)
- to arrange for (a loan)
- to smooth or spread (cement, plaster, etc.)
- to allow the exchange value of (a currency) to fluctuate freely in relationship to other currencies
verbfloat·ed, float·ing, floats
- a. To remain suspended within or on the surface of a fluid without sinking.b. To be suspended in or move through space as if supported by a liquid.
- To move from place to place, especially at random.
- To move easily or lightly: “Miss Golightly &ellipsis; floated round in their arms light as a scarf” (Truman Capote).
- Economics To rise or fall freely in response to the market: allowed the dollar to float; a loan whose interest rate floats with the prime rate.
- To cause to remain suspended without sinking or falling.
- a. To put into the water; launch: float a ship; float a navy.b. To start or establish (a business enterprise, for example).
- To flood (land), as for irrigation.
- Economics To allow (the exchange value of a currency, for example) to rise or fall freely in response to the market: Inflation forced the government to float the currency.
- To offer for consideration; suggest: floated my idea to the committee.
- To release (a security) for sale.
- To arrange for (a loan).
- To make the surface of (plaster, for example) level or smooth.
- Computers To convert (data) from fixed-point notation to floating-point notation.
- Something that floats, as:a. A raft.b. A buoy.c. A life preserver.d. A buoyant object, such as a piece of cork or a plastic ball, used to hold a net or part of a fishing line afloat.e. A landing platform attached to a wharf and floating on the water.f. A floating ball attached to a lever to regulate the water level in a tank.
- Biology An air-filled sac or structure that aids in the flotation of an aquatic organism. Also called air bladder, air vesicle.
- A decorated exhibit or scene mounted on a mobile platform and pulled or driven in a parade.
- The number of shares of a security that are publicly owned and traded.
- a. A sum of money representing checks that are outstanding.b. The time between the issuing or depositing of a check and the debiting of the issuer's account.c. The time during which a credit card purchase can be repaid without interest.
- a. A tool for smoothing the surface of wet plaster or cement.b. A file with sharp ridges used for cutting or smoothing wood.
- A soft drink with ice cream floating in it.
- Excess time allowed for a task in a project schedule.
Origin of floatMiddle English floten, from Old English flotian; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
- A buoyant device used to support something in water or another liquid.
- Attach the float and the weight to the fishing line, above the hook.
- A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft.
- A float board.
- A tool similar to a rasp, used in various trades.
- A sort of trowel used for finishing concrete surfaces or smoothing plaster.
- When pouring a new driveway, you can use a two-by-four as a float.
- An elaborately decorated trailer or vehicle, intended for display in a parade or pageant.
- That float covered in roses is very pretty.
- (UK) A small vehicle used for local deliveries, especially in the term milk float.
- (finance) Funds committed to be paid but not yet paid.
- Our bank does a nightly sweep of accounts, to adjust the float so we stay within our reserves limit.
- (finance, Australia, and other Commonwealth countries?) An offering of shares in a company (units in a trust) to members of the public, normally followed by a listing on a stock exchange.
- 2006, You don't actually need a broker to buy shares in a float when a company is about to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. — Australian Securities and Investments Commission financial tips article, Buying shares in a float 
- (banking) The total amount of checks/cheques or other drafts written against a bank account but not yet cleared and charged against the account.
- No sir, your current float is not taken into account, when assets are legally garnished.
- (insurance) Premiums taken in but not yet paid out.
- We make a lot of interest from our nightly float.
- (programming) A floating-point number.
- That routine should not have used an int; it should be a float.
- A soft beverage with a scoop of ice-cream floating in it.
- It's true - I don't consider anything other than root-beer with vanilla ice-cream to be a "real" float.
- A small sum of money put in a cashier's till at the start of business to enable change to be made.
- (poker) A maneuver where a player calls on the flop or turn with a weak hand, with the intention of bluffing after a subsequent community card.
- (knitting) One of the loose ends of yarn on an unfinished work.
- (automotive) a car carrier or car transporter truck or truck-and-trailer combination
- (transport) a lowboy trailer
- (tempering) A device sending a copious stream of water to the heated surface of a bulky object, such as an anvil or die.
- A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep.
- A polishing block used in marble working; a runner.
- (UK, dated) A coal cart.
(third-person singular simple present floats, present participle floating, simple past and past participle floated)
- (intransitive) Of an object or substance, to be supported by a liquid of greater density than the object so as that part of the object or substance remains above the surface.
- The boat floated on the water.
- The oil floated on the vinegar.
- To cause something to be suspended in a liquid of greater density; as, to float a boat.
- (intransitive) To be capable of floating.
- That boat doesn’t float.
- Oil floats on vinegar.
- (intransitive) To move in a particular direction with the liquid in which one is floating
- I’d love to just float downstream.
- (intransitive) To drift or wander aimlessly.
- I’m not sure where they went... they’re floating around here somewhere.
- Images from my childhood floated through my mind.
- (intransitive) To drift gently through the air.
- The balloon floated off into the distance.
- (intransitive) To move in a fluid manner.
- The dancer floated gracefully around the stage.
- (intransitive, colloquial) (of an idea or scheme) To be viable.
- That’s a daft idea... it’ll never float.
- To propose (an idea) for consideration.
- I floated the idea of free ice-cream on Fridays, but no one was interested.
- (intransitive) To automatically adjust a parameter as related parameters change.
- (intransitive, finance) (of currencies) To have an exchange value determined by the markets as opposed to by rule.
- The yen floats against the dollar.
- (finance) To allow (the exchange value of a currency) to be determined by the markets.
- The government floated the pound in January.
- Increased pressure on Thailand’s currency, the baht, in 1997 led to a crisis that forced the government to float the currency.
- (colloquial) To extend a short-term loan to.
- Could you float me $50 until payday?
- (finance) To issue or sell shares in a company (units in a trust) to members of the public, followed by listing on a stock exchange.
- To use a float (tool).
- It is time to float this horse's teeth.
- (poker) To perform a float.
From Middle English floten, from Old English flotian (“to float”), from Proto-Germanic *flutōną (“to float”), from Proto-Indo-European *plewd-, *plew- (“to float, swim, fly”). Cognate with Middle Low German vloten, vlotten (“to float, swim”), Middle Dutch vloten, Old Norse flota, Icelandic fljóta, Old English flēotan (“to float, swim”), Ancient Greek πλέω (pleō), Lithuanian plaukti, Russian плавать (plavatʹ).
float - Computer Definition
In programming, a declaration of a floating point number.
float - Investment & Finance Definition
- The difference between the funds that a bank has on deposit with the Federal Reserve and the funds that have been paid out of its account. Float adds to the money supply and is one of the money supply statistics collected and reported weekly by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
- The number of shares of stock available to be traded multiplied by the price of the shares. The bigger the float, the greater the stock’s liquidity.