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float

 (flōt)
v. float·ed, float·ing, floats
v.intr.
1.
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.
2. To move from place to place, especially at random.
3. To move easily or lightly: "Miss Golightly ... floated round in their arms light as a scarf" (Truman Capote).
4. 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.
v.tr.
1. To cause to remain suspended without sinking or falling.
2.
a. To put into the water; launch: float a ship; float a navy.
b. To start or establish (a business enterprise, for example).
3. To flood (land), as for irrigation.
4. 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.
5. To offer for consideration; suggest: floated my idea to the committee.
6. To release (a security) for sale.
7. To arrange for (a loan).
8. To make the surface of (plaster, for example) level or smooth.
9. Computers To convert (data) from fixed-point notation to floating-point notation.
n.
1. 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.
2. Biology An air-filled sac or structure that aids in the flotation of an aquatic organism. Also called air bladder, air vesicle.
3. A decorated exhibit or scene mounted on a mobile platform and pulled or driven in a parade.
4. The number of shares of a security that are publicly owned and traded.
5.
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.
6.
a. A tool for smoothing the surface of wet plaster or cement.
b. A file with sharp ridges used for cutting or smoothing wood.
7. A soft drink with ice cream floating in it.
8. Excess time allowed for a task in a project schedule.

[Middle English floten, from Old English flotian; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

float′a·ble adj.

float

(fləʊt)
vb
1. (General Physics) to rest or cause to rest on the surface of a fluid or in a fluid or space without sinking; be buoyant or cause to exhibit buoyancy: oil floats on water; to float a ship.
2. to move or cause to move buoyantly, lightly, or freely across a surface or through air, water, etc; drift: fog floated across the road.
3. to move about aimlessly, esp in the mind: thoughts floated before him.
4. to suspend or be suspended without falling; hang: lights floated above them.
5. (Commerce) (tr)
a. to launch or establish (a commercial enterprise, etc)
b. to offer for sale (stock or bond issues, etc) on the stock market
6. (Banking & Finance) (tr) finance to allow (a currency) to fluctuate against other currencies in accordance with market forces
7. (Physical Geography) (tr) to flood, inundate, or irrigate (land), either artificially or naturally
8. (Building) (tr) to spread, smooth, or level (a surface of plaster, rendering, etc)
n
9. something that floats
10. (Angling) angling an indicator attached to a baited line that sits on the water and moves when a fish bites
11. (Building) a small hand tool with a rectangular blade used for floating plaster, etc
12. (Nautical Terms) chiefly US any buoyant object, such as a platform or inflated tube, used offshore by swimmers or, when moored alongside a pier, as a dock by vessels
13. (Nautical Terms) Also called: paddle a blade of a paddle wheel
14. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) Brit a buoyant garment or device to aid a person in staying afloat
15. (Aeronautics) a hollow watertight structure fitted to the underside of an aircraft to allow it to land on water
16. (Botany) another name for air bladder2
17. (Zoology) another name for air bladder2
18. an exhibit carried in a parade, esp a religious parade
19. (Automotive Engineering) a motor vehicle used to carry a tableau or exhibit in a parade, esp a civic parade
20. (Automotive Engineering) a small delivery vehicle, esp one powered by batteries: a milk float.
21. (Automotive Engineering) Austral and NZ a vehicle for transporting horses
22. (Banking & Finance) banking chiefly US the total value of uncollected cheques and other commercial papers
23. (Accounting & Book-keeping) chiefly US and Canadian a sum to be applied to minor expenses; petty cash
24. (Commerce) a sum of money used by shopkeepers to provide change at the start of the day's business, this sum being subtracted from the total at the end of the day when calculating the day's takings
25. (Building) the hollow floating ball of a ballcock
26. (General Engineering) engineering a hollow cylindrical structure in a carburettor that actuates the fuel valve
27. (Cookery) chiefly US and Canadian a carbonated soft drink with a scoop of ice cream in it
28. (Textiles) (in textiles) a single thread brought to or above the surface of a woven fabric, esp to form a pattern
29. (Forestry) forestry a measure of timber equal to eighteen loads
[Old English flotian; related to Old Norse flota , Old Saxon flotōn; see fleet2]
ˈfloatable adj
ˌfloataˈbility n

float

(floʊt)

v.i.
1. to rest or remain on the surface of a liquid; be buoyant.
2. to move gently on the surface of a liquid; drift along: The canoe floated downstream.
3. to rest or move in a liquid, the air, etc.: a balloon floating on high.
4. to move lightly and gracefully: She floated down the stairs.
5. to move or hover before the eyes or in the mind.
6. to pass from one person to another.
7. to be free from attachment or involvement.
8. to move or drift about, esp. freely or aimlessly.
9. (of a currency) to be allowed to fluctuate freely in the foreign-exchange market instead of being exchanged at a fixed rate.
v.t.
10. to cause to float.
11. to cover with water or other liquid; flood; irrigate.
12. to launch (a company, scheme, etc.); set going.
13. to issue (stocks, bonds, etc.) on the stock market in order to raise money.
14. to let (a currency) fluctuate in the foreign-exchange market.
15. to present for consideration, as an idea.
16. to make smooth with a float, as the surface of plaster.
n.
17. something that floats, as a raft.
18. something for buoying up.
19. an inflated bag to sustain a person in water; life preserver.
20. (in a tank, cistern, etc.) a device, as a hollow ball, that through its buoyancy automatically regulates the level, supply, or outlet of a liquid.
21. a floating platform attached to a wharf, bank, etc., and used as a landing.
22. a hollow, boatlike structure under the wing or fuselage of a seaplane or flying boat that keeps it afloat in water.
23. a piece of cork or other material supporting a baited fishing line in the water.
24. an inflated organ that supports an animal in the water.
25. a vehicle bearing a display, usu. an elaborate tableau, in a parade or procession.
26. a drink with ice cream floating in it.
27. uncollected checks and commercial paper in process of transfer from bank to bank.
28. a sum of money added to a salary, pension, etc., as to cover expenses.
29. an act or instance of floating.
30. a flat tool for spreading and smoothing plaster or stucco.
[before 1000; Middle English floten, Old English flotian; c. Old Norse flota; akin to Old English flēotan to fleet2]
float′a•ble, adj.
float`a•bil′i•ty, n.
float′y, adj. float•i•er, float•i•est.

float

(flōt)
Verb
To remain suspended within or on the surface of a fluid without sinking.
Noun
An air-filled sac in certain aquatic organisms, such as kelp, that helps maintain buoyancy. Also called air bladder, air vesicle.

float

- The boards and paddle of a waterwheel or paddlewheel are the floats.
See also related terms for paddle.

Float

 of dancers: a company of female dancers—Lipton, 1970.

float


Past participle: floated
Gerund: floating

Imperative
float
float
Present
I float
you float
he/she/it floats
we float
you float
they float
Preterite
I floated
you floated
he/she/it floated
we floated
you floated
they floated
Present Continuous
I am floating
you are floating
he/she/it is floating
we are floating
you are floating
they are floating
Present Perfect
I have floated
you have floated
he/she/it has floated
we have floated
you have floated
they have floated
Past Continuous
I was floating
you were floating
he/she/it was floating
we were floating
you were floating
they were floating
Past Perfect
I had floated
you had floated
he/she/it had floated
we had floated
you had floated
they had floated
Future
I will float
you will float
he/she/it will float
we will float
you will float
they will float
Future Perfect
I will have floated
you will have floated
he/she/it will have floated
we will have floated
you will have floated
they will have floated
Future Continuous
I will be floating
you will be floating
he/she/it will be floating
we will be floating
you will be floating
they will be floating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been floating
you have been floating
he/she/it has been floating
we have been floating
you have been floating
they have been floating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been floating
you will have been floating
he/she/it will have been floating
we will have been floating
you will have been floating
they will have been floating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been floating
you had been floating
he/she/it had been floating
we had been floating
you had been floating
they had been floating
Conditional
I would float
you would float
he/she/it would float
we would float
you would float
they would float
Past Conditional
I would have floated
you would have floated
he/she/it would have floated
we would have floated
you would have floated
they would have floated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.float - the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
interval, time interval - a definite length of time marked off by two instants
2.float - the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
stock - the capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares entitling holders to an ownership interest (equity); "he owns a controlling share of the company's stock"
3.float - a drink with ice cream floating in itfloat - a drink with ice cream floating in it
drink - a single serving of a beverage; "I asked for a hot drink"; "likes a drink before dinner"
root beer float - an ice-cream soda made with ice cream floating in root beer
4.float - an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
display, presentation - a visual representation of something
5.float - a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
hand tool - a tool used with workers' hands
6.float - something that floats on the surface of water
artefact, artifact - a man-made object taken as a whole
bobber, bobfloat, cork, bob - a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line
chip - a triangular wooden float attached to the end of a log line
flotation device, life preserver, preserver - rescue equipment consisting of a buoyant belt or jacket to keep a person from drowning
pontoon - a float supporting a seaplane
raft - a flat float (usually made of logs or planks) that can be used for transport or as a platform for swimmers
7.float - an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancyfloat - an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy
sac - a structure resembling a bag in an animal
Verb1.float - be in motion due to some air or water currentfloat - 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"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
float - move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"
waft - be driven or carried along, as by the air; "Sounds wafted into the room"
tide - be carried with the tide
drift - cause to be carried by a current; "drift the boats downstream"
stream - to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind; "their manes streamed like stiff black pennants in the wind"
2.float - be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
float - move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"
float - set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
buoy - float on the surface of water
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"
float - put into the water; "float a ship"
tide - cause to float with the tide
drift - cause to be carried by a current; "drift the boats downstream"
refloat - set afloat again; "refloat a grounded boat"
float, swim - be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
transport - move something or somebody around; usually over long distances
4.float - circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"
test, try out, try, essay, examine, prove - put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"
5.float - move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
be adrift, drift, float, blow - 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"
float, swim - be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
ride - be sustained or supported or borne; "His glasses rode high on his nose"; "The child rode on his mother's hips"; "She rode a wave of popularity"; "The brothers rode to an easy victory on their father's political name"
6.float - put into the water; "float a ship"
launch - propel with force; "launch the space shuttle"; "Launch a ship"
float - set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
7.float - make the surface of level or smooth; "float the plaster"
masonry - the craft of a mason
smooth, smoothen - make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing; "smooth the surface of the wood"
8.float - allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the ruble for a few months"
value - fix or determine the value of; assign a value to; "value the jewelry and art work in the estate"
9.float - convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; "float data"
convert, change over - change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy; "We converted from 220 to 110 Volt"

float

verb
1. glide, sail, drift, move gently, bob, coast, slide, be carried, slip along barges floating quietly by the grassy river banks
2. be buoyant, stay afloat, be or lie on the surface, rest on water, hang, hover, poise, displace water Empty things float.
be buoyant settle, sink, go down, founder, dip, drown, submerge
3. waft, coast, drift Sublime music floats on a scented summer breeze.
4. suggest, present, propose, recommend, put forward, move He floated the idea of a new alliance.
5. launch, offer, sell, set up, promote, get going, push off He floated his firm on the Stock Market.
launch cancel, abolish, dissolve, terminate, annul

float

verb
1. To move along with or be carried away by the action of water:
2. To pass quickly and lightly through the air:
Translations
شَيء عائِمعَرَبَة نَقْل، عَوّامَهعَوَّامَةيَسْبَحُ في الهَوَاءيَطْفُو
ploutplovací vestasplávekvalníkvznášet se
flydesvævesvømmebæltevogndrive
lipuakelluakellukekoholeijua
lebdjetiplovakplutati
fljótaflotholtvagn
浮かぶ浮き浮く
떠가다뜨다부낭
laivas restoranasnepastovūs gyventojaiplatformaplūduriuotiplukdyti
elektrokārspeldētpludinātpludiņšslīdēt
plavákvalník
lebdetiplavati
flytasimdynasväva
ลอยลอยบนผิวน้ำหรือในอากาศสิ่งที่ลอยได้เช่นแพ
nổiphaotrôi lềnh bềnh

float

[fləʊt]
A. N [of raft, seaplane] → flotador m; (for fishing line) → corcho m; (= swimming aid) → flotador m; (in procession) → carroza f; (= sum of money) → reserva f; (in shop) → fondo m de caja dinero en caja antes de empezar las ventas del día (para cambios )
B. VT
1. [+ boat, logs] → hacer flotar
it doesn't float my boatno me da ni frío ni calor, no me llama la atención
2. (= render seaworthy) → poner a flote
3. (= launch) [+ company] → fundar, constituir
4. (Fin) [+ currency] → hacer fluctuar, hacer flotar; [+ shares] → emitir, lanzar al mercado; [+ loan] → emitir
5. to float an ideasugerir una idea
C. VI (gen) → flotar; [bather] → hacer la plancha; (= move in wind) → flotar, ondear
it floated to the surfacesalió a la superficie
to float downriverir río abajo
we shall let the pound floatdejaremos que la libra esterlina flote or fluctúe
float around VI + ADV [rumour] → circular, correr
float away float off VI + ADV (in water) → ir a la deriva; (in air) → irse volando

float

[ˈfləʊt]
n
(in water)flotteur m
(in procession)char m
(= sum of money) → fonds m de caisse
vi
(in water) [object] → flotter
A leaf was floating on the water → Une feuille flottait sur l'eau.
(in water) [person] → flotter, faire la planche
(in air) to float on the breeze → flotter dans l'air
(FINANCE) [currency] → flotter
vt
(FINANCE) [+ currency] → laisser flotter
(FINANCE) to float a company on the stock market → lancer une entreprise en Bourse
[+ idea] → lancer
float around
vi [idea] → circuler
float away
vi (on the breeze)partir à la dérive
float down
vt fus [+ river, stream] → descendre

float

n
(on fishing line, in cistern, carburettor, on aeroplane) → Schwimmer m; (= anchored raft)(verankertes) Floß, Schwimmplattform f; (as swimming aid) → Schwimmkork m; (of fish)Schwimmblase f; (on trawl net) → Korken m
(= vehicle, in procession) → Festwagen m; (for deliveries) → kleiner Elektrolieferwagen
(= ready cash: in till) → Wechselgeld nt no indef art (zu Geschäftsbeginn); (= loan to start business)Startkapital nt; (= advance on expenses)Vorschuss m
vi
(on water) → schwimmen; (= move gently)treiben; (in air) → schweben; the body floated (up) to the surfacedie Leiche kam an die Wasseroberfläche; it floated downriveres trieb flussabwärts; she floated down the aisle in a dreamsie schwebte wie im Traum zum Traualtar
(Comm, currency) → floaten
vt
boatzu Wasser bringen; they floated the logs downstreamsie flößten die Baumstämme flussabwärts
(Comm, Fin) companygründen; loanlancieren; sharesauf den Markt bringen; bond issueausgeben; currencyfreigeben, floaten lassen; (fig) ideas, suggestionin den Raum stellen, zur Debatte stellen

float

[fləʊt]
1. ngalleggiante m; (cork) → sughero; (vehicle in parade) → carro; (cash) → soldi mpl in cassa (per dare il resto)
2. vt (boat, logs) → far galleggiare; (refloat) → riportare a galla; (launch, project, plan) → lanciare (Fin) (company) → lanciare (emettendo azioni); (currency) → far fluttuare
to float an idea → ventilare un'idea
3. vi (gen) → galleggiare; (ship) → stare a galla; (bather) → fare il morto (Fin) (currency) → fluttuare
to float downstream → essere trascinato/a dalla corrente
float away float off vi + adv (in water) → andare alla deriva; (in air) → volare via

float

(fləut) verb
to (make something) stay on the surface of a liquid. A piece of wood was floating in the stream.
noun
1. something that floats on a fishing-line. If the float moves, there is probably a fish on the hook.
2. a vehicle for transporting certain things. a milk-float; a cattle-float.
floating population
a section of the population not permanently resident in a place.
floating restaurant
a restaurant on a boat or other floating structure.

float

عَوَّامَة, يَسْبَحُ في الهَوَاء, يَطْفُو plout, plovací vesta, vznášet se flyde, svæve, svømmebælte schweben, Schwimmkissen, treiben επιπλέω, πλέω, πλωτήρας flotador, flotar kellua, kelluke, lipua flotter, flotteur lebdjeti, plovak, plutati fluttuare, galleggiante, galleggiare 浮かぶ, 浮き, 浮く 떠가다, 뜨다, 부낭 drijven, drijvend voorwerp flottør, flyte, sveve pływak, popłynąć, wznosić się bóia, flutuar держаться на поверхности, плавучая масса, подниматься flyta, simdyna, sväva ลอย, ลอยบนผิวน้ำหรือในอากาศ, สิ่งที่ลอยได้เช่นแพ sal, süzülmek, yüzdürmek nổi, phao, trôi lềnh bềnh 漂流物, 飘浮

float

n. flotador;
v. flotar.
References in classic literature ?
The light air about me told me that the world ended here: only the ground and sun and sky were left, and if one went a little farther there would be only sun and sky, and one would float off into them, like the tawny hawks which sailed over our heads making slow shadows on the grass.
He would sit quietly, with a gentle pleasure gleaming over his face, brighter now, and now a little dimmer, as the song happened to float near him, or was more remotely heard.
I seemed to float not into clearness, but into a darker obscure, and within a minute there had come to me out of my very pity the appalling alarm of his being perhaps innocent.
But if we Southern whale-fishers are not so snugly housed aloft as Captain Sleet and his Greenland-men were; yet that disadvantage is greatly counterbalanced by the widely contrasting serenity of those seductive seas in which we South fishers mostly float.
Clare, "a time in my life when I had plans and hopes of doing something in this world, more than to float and drift.
The plaintive song begins to well forth and float away over meadow and river--the cross-bow is slowly raised to position, a steady aim is taken, the bolt flies straight to the mark--the figure sinks down, still singing, the knight takes the wool out of his ears, and recognizes the old ballad--too late
I knowed mighty well that a drownded man don't float on his back, but on his face.
Yes, and they take loaves of bread and put quicksilver in 'em and set 'em afloat, and wherever there's anybody that's drownded, they'll float right there and stop.
And by and by she took a needle from her girdle and pricked the thoughts on the leaves of the trees and sent them into the air to float hither and thither.
Of these death-white realms I formed an idea of my own: shadowy, like all the half-comprehended notions that float dim through children's brains, but strangely impressive.
The high, deep, blue sky arched over Misselthwaite as well as over the moor, and she kept lifting her face and looking up into it, trying to imagine what it would be like to lie down on one of the little snow-white clouds and float about.
All bodies whatever that float on the surface of the water displace as much fluid as is equal in weight to the weight of the bodies.