Definitions of float

  1. To be buoyed up on the surface of a fluid; to glide or swim on a liquid; to move with a light, irregular course.
  2. 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.
  3. To flood; to overflow; to cover with water.
  4. To pass over and level the surface of with a float while the plastering is kept wet.
  5. 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.
  6. To cause to rest or be moved on the surface of a liquid; convey without effort or will; to start, as a business, by providing the money needed.
  7. To cause to float; to cause to rest or be conveyed on the surface of a fluid; as, the tide floated the ship into the harbor; the men are employed in floating timber down the river; to flood; to inundate; to overflow; to cover with water; in plastering, to pass over and level the surface of, as plaster, with a float, frequently dipped in water; to bring prominently before public notice; to raise funds, as by the sale of shares, for carrying on an undertaking; to set a going; as, to float a scheme, a mining or railway company, etc.
  8. To cause to float.
  9. To keep up on or in a fluid.
  10. To put in circulation; find a market for.
  11. 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.
  12. A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft.
  13. The hollow, metallic ball of a self- acting faucet, which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler.
  14. The cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait line, and indicate the bite of a fish.
  15. Anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink; an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to swim; a life preserver.
  16. A contrivance for affording a copious stream of water to the heated surface of an object of large bulk, as an anvil or die.
  17. The act of flowing; flux; flow.
  18. A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep.
  19. The trowel or tool with which the floated coat of plastering is leveled and smoothed.
  20. A polishing block used in marble working; a runner.
  21. A single- cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers for rasping off pegs inside a shoe.
  22. A coal cart.
  23. The sea; a wave. See Flote, n.
  24. A float board. See board ( below).
  25. To be buoyed or held up on the surface of a liquid or gaseous fluid; move lightly or glide without apparent effort; drift about.
  26. To rest on the surface of a fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up; to glide without effort or impulse on the surface of a fluid; to move as if supported by a fluid; to move gently and easily through the air.
  27. To rest on or in a fluid without sinking.
  28. 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"
  29. convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; " float data"
  30. allow ( currencies) to fluctuate; " The government floated the ruble for a few months"
  31. put into the water; " float a ship"
  32. move lightly, as if suspended; " The dancer floated across the stage"
  33. set afloat; " He floated the logs down the river"; " The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
  34. To be supported or carried along by a liquid or gas; move lightly and freely.
  35. To cause to float; to bear upon the surface; to cover with water; to start and set agoing.
  36. To swim on the surface; not to sink; to move lightly and irregularly, as through the air; to cover with water.
  37. something that remains on the surface of a liquid
  38. a drink with ice cream floating in it
  39. the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
  40. the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
  41. a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
  42. make the surface of level or smooth; " float the plaster"
  43. A float board. See Float board ( below).
  44. To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up.
  45. 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.
  46. Anything that rests on the surface of a liquid or buoys up something; a raft; the cork or quill used in angling.
  47. That which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid; as ( a) a body or collection of timber, boards, or planks, fastened together and conveyed down a stream; a raft; a buoy; ( b) the cork or quill used on an angling line, to support it and indicate the bite of a fish; ( c) the small piece of ivory on the surface of the mercury in the basin of a barometer; ( d) the hollow metallic sphere of a self acting faucet which floats in the boiler of a steam- engine, or in a cistern; a quantity of earth, 18 feet square and 1 deep; in plastering, a long rule with a straight edge, by which the work is reduced to a plane surface- an angle float is one made to fit an internal angle; a two- handed float is termed a darby; the float board of a water- wheel; a single- cut file for smoothing.
  48. An object that floats or buoys up something.
  49. Anything buoyed up on the surface of water or a fluid; a raft; the cork or quill used on an angling line; the water- gauge of a steam- boiler, attached to the valve in a steam- pipe; a kind of wooden rule or trowel, with which masons float over and smooth the plastering on walls.
  50. Anything used to buoy up something else; the cork or quill used on a fishing line.
  51. The pneumatophore of Siphonophores; a large spongy mass serving as a float in some Pteridophytes.
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