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Meaning of FLOAT

Pronunciation:  flowt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something that remains on the surface of a liquid
  2. [n]  a drink with ice cream floating in it
  3. [n]  the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
  4. [n]  the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
  5. [v]  convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; "float data"
  6. [v]  allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the ruble for a few months"
  7. [v]  put into the water; "float a ship"
  8. [v]  move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"
  9. [v]  set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
  10. [v]  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"
  11. [v]  be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink
  12. [v]  circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"

FLOAT is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: ice-cream float, ice-cream soda
 Antonyms: go down, go under, settle, sink
 See Also: artefact, artifact, bob, bobber, bobfloat, buoy, change over, chip, convert, cork, drink, essay, examine, go, interval, launch, locomote, move, pontoon, prove, raft, refloat, ride, root beer float, stock, stream, test, tide, time interval, transport, travel, try, try out, value, waft



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Float\ (fl[=o]t), n.[OE. flote ship, boat, fleet, AS.
    flota ship, fr. fle['o]tan to float; akin to D. vloot fleet,
    G. floss raft, Icel. floti float, raft, fleet, Sw. flotta.
    [root] 84. See {Fleet}, v. i., and cf. {Flotilla}, {Flotsam},
    1. Anything which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid,
       as to sustain weight, or to indicate the height of the
       surface, or mark the place of, something. Specifically:
       (a) A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and
           conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft.
       (b) The hollow, metallic ball of a self-acting faucet,
           which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler.
       (c) The cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait
           line, and indicate the bite of a fish.
       (d) Anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink;
           an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to
           swim; a life preserver.
                 This reform bill . . . had been used as a float
                 by the conservative ministry.     --J. P.
    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. --Knight.
    4. The act of flowing; flux; flow. [Obs.] --Bacon.
    5. A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot
       deep. [Obs.] --Mortimer.
    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. [Eng.] --Simmonds.
    10. The sea; a wave. See {Flote}, n.
    {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 or gold} (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.
    {Float valve}, a valve or cock acted upon by a float. See
       {Float}, 1
        (b) .
  2. \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
             The ark no more now floats, but seems on ground.
             Three blustering nights, borne by the southern
             blast, I floated.                     --Dryden.
    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.
             They stretch their broad plumes and float upon the
             wind.                                 --Pope.
             There seems a floating whisper on the hills.
  3. \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.
             Had floated that bell on the Inchcape rock.
    2. To flood; to overflow; to cover with water.
             Proud Pactolus floats the fruitful lands. --Dryden.
    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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are floating, implies acceptance, letting go of your problems or worries and just going with the flow. You are experiencing new-found freedom. It also means that you will prove victorious in your obstacles that may presently seem overwhelming. Dreaming that you are floating, but are afraid to move, suggests that you are questioning your own abilities. You are experiencing doubts in yourself.
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