A small plane on floats (buoyant devices)
float (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.
- (transitive) To cause something to be suspended in a liquid of greater density
- 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.
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive, 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.
- (transitive, colloquial) To extend a short-term loan to.
- Could you float me $50 until payday?
- (transitive, finance) To issue or sell shares in a company (or units in a trust) to members of the public, followed by listing on a stock exchange.
- 2005 June 21, Dewi Cooke, The Age ,
- He [Mario Moretti Polegato] floated the company on the Milan Stock Exchange last December and sold 29 per cent of its shares, mostly to American investors.
- 2007, Jonathan Reuvid, Floating Your Company: The Essential Guide to Going Public.
- 2011, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI Yearbook 2011: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, footnote i, page 269,
- As a result of this reverse acquisition, Hurlingham changed its name to Manroy plc and floated shares on the Alternative Investment Market in London.
- (transitive) To use a float (tool).
- It is time to float this horse's teeth.
- (poker) To perform a float.
to be supported by a liquid
to be capable of floating
to drift gently through the air
to move in a particular direction with the liquid in which one is floating
to move in a fluid manner
to allow a price to be determined by the markets as opposed to by rule
to propose for consideration
to extend a short-term loan to
float (plural floats)
- 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.
- (Britain) 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 (or 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.
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- (obsolete) The act of flowing; flux; flow.
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- A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep.
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- A polishing block used in marble working; a runner.
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- (Britain, dated) A coal cart.
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- A breakdancing move in which the body is held parallel to the floor while balancing on one or both hands.
trailer or vehicle decorated for a parade
small battery-powered vehicle
funds committed to be paid but not yet paid
banking: total amount of outstanding checks/cheques or other drafts
programming: short form of floating-point number
soft beverage with a scoop of ice-cream
small sum of money put in a cashier's till at the start of business