An example of a floor is the bottom surface of a kitchen.
An example of a floor is the lowest price that will be charged.
An example of a floor is the level in a building; the fifth floor.
An example of floor is to put down a new carpet in a room.
An example of floor is to push the car accelerator as far down as possible.
An example of floor is to surprise someone, knocking him down in the process.
- The area of an exchange where securities are traded.
- The part of a retail store in which merchandise is displayed and sales are made.
- The area of a factory where the product is manufactured or assembled.
A pricing floor; a bidding floor.
The entire floor complained about the noise.
A dance floor; a threshing floor.
The forwards made only six shots from the floor.
A motion from the floor.
The very idea floored me.
The ocean floor.
To ask a chairman for the floor.
The room has a wooden floor.
Many sunken ships rest on the ocean floor.
The floor of a cave served the refugees as a home.
The pit floor showed where a ring of post holes had been.
Wooden planks of the old bridge's floor were nearly rotten.
Will the senator from Arizona yield the floor?
The mayor often gives a lobbyist the floor.
An office on the sixth floor.
- during the time of a game when active defense is permittedThe team shot 56% from the floor.
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Origin of floor
- Middle English flor from Old English flōr pelə-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old English flōr (“floor, pavement, ground, bottom”), from Proto-Germanic *flōrō, *flōrô, *flōraz (“flat surface, floor, plain”), from Proto-Indo-European *plõro- (“level, even”), from Proto-Indo-European *pele-, *plet-, *plāk- (“broad, flat, plain”). Cognate with West Frisian flier (“floor”), Dutch vloer (“floor”), German Flur (“field, floor, entrance hall”), Swedish flor (“floor of a cow stall”), Irish urlár (“floor”), Scottish Gaelic làr (“floor, ground, earth”), Welsh llawr (“ground, pavement”), Latin plānus (“level, flat”).