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Definition of Float

  • Anything which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid, as to sustain weight, or to indicate the height of the liquid surface, or mark the place of, something.
  • A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft.
  • The hollow, metallic ball of a self-acting faucet, which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler.
  • The cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait line, and indicate the bite of a fish.
  • Anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink; an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to swim; a life preserver.
  • The hollow, metallic ball which floats on the fuel in the fuel tank of a vehicle to indicate the level of the fuel surface, and thus the amount of fuel remaining.
  • A hollow elongated tank mounted under the wing of a seaplane which causes the plane to float when resting on the surface of the water.
  • A float board. See Float boardbelow).
  • A contrivance for affording a copious stream of water to the heated surface of an object of large bulk, as an anvil or die.
  • The trowel or tool with which the floated coat of plastering is leveled and smoothed.
  • A polishing block used in marble working; a runner.
  • A single-cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers for rasping off pegs inside a shoe.
  • A coal cart.
  • The sea; a wave. See Flote n.
  • The free use of money for a time between occurrence of a transaction (such as depositing a check or a purchase made using a credit card), and the time when funds are withdrawn to cover the transaction; also, the money made available between transactions in that manner.
  • a vehicle on which an exhibit or display is mounted, driven or pulled as part of a parade. The float often is based on a large flat platform, and may contain a very elaborate structure with a tableau or people.
  • To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To flood; to overflow; to cover with water.
  • To pass over and level the surface of with a float while the plastering is kept wet.
  • 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.
  • an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy
  • something that floats on the surface of water
  • a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
  • an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
  • a drink with ice cream floating in it
  • the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
  • the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
  • convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation
  • allow (currencies) to fluctuate
  • make the surface of level or smooth
  • put into the water
  • move lightly, as if suspended
  • set afloat
  • be in motion due to some air or water current
  • be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
  • circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with

How to use float in a sentence. Float pronunciation.

But the boat would float on, and the boulder descend again, and then we could see that when we had been exactly above it, it must still have been twenty or thirty feet below the surface.
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Nancy had no wish to exert herself, for the weather was hot; after her morning bathe with Jessica, she found amusement enough in watching the people-most of whom were here simply to look at each other, or in listening to the band, which played selections from Sullivan varied with dance music, or in reading a novel from the book-lender's,- that is to say, gazing idly at the page, and letting such significance as it possessed float upon her thoughts.
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It is as blue as the heavens in which I float.
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Hardly enough to float a boat of her size.
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A rememberable evening,' he said, and there was such a lightness in his feet that he believed, or very nearly, that there were wings on his shoulders which he only had to open to float away whither he might wish to go.
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The weight of the water that had leaked in through the cracks and the weight of the Curlytops themselves made the boxes float low in the lake.
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Before the eyes of the astonished Picts, she floats gently down through the air, and arrives at the cliff foot unhurt.
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She swam staidly backwards and forwards while the others got up to their larks, and now and then turned on her back to float.
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Standing under a huge spreading camphor tree, a graceful form was there, clear cut against the dark foliage, and seeming to float upon the tender green of the dewy grass.
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This wood was first conveyed in floats from Tarsus to Phoenicia, for which reason the vessels were called ships of Tarsus; from whence it has been ridiculously inferred, that they went round the promontory of Africa as far as Tortosa in Spain.
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And not only within the scene, but around the scene, what voices of old float upon the air?
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An irresistible-a crushing sense of the littleness and brief life of our most ardent and sagacious achievements seems to me to float like a voice over the place!
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Now of course nothin'-a hat or nothin' else-is goin' to float on top of a person's head.
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Her mother had fallen under the influence of Presbury-her mother, woman-like, or rather, ladylike, was of kin to the helpless, flabby things that float in the sea and attach themselves to whatever they happen to lodge against.
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Calm, lovely, spring weather; ducks all along the river; plenty of food, which is the northerner's idea of bliss; plenty of water, which is the river-man's notion of joy; plenty of leisure, which is an element in most men's heaven, for we had merely to float with the stream, three miles an hour, except when we landed to eat or sleep.
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Millions of tons of mud poured into the deep translucent lake have filled it for miles, so that it is scarcely deep enough to float a canoe; thousands of huge trees, stolen from the upper forest, are here stranded as wing-dams that check the current and hold more mud.
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And the suspicious veteran old, The pompous, swaggering cuckold too, Who floats contentedly through life, Proud of his dinners and his wife!
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A heavy goose on scarlet feet, Thinking to float upon the stream, Descends the bank with care extreme, But staggers, slips, and falls.
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He was still miserable, but there was something very satisfying later on in being propped up with a great locker-cushion and a well-stuffed pillow, feeling the deliciously warm morning air float through the open cabin-window, what time, by the help of the skipper's son, he partook of a capital breakfast, at first feeling that every mouthful was choking him, then with eager appetite, Poole smiling pleasantly at him all the while.
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No, but you've undertaken to float her, Chips," said Poole.
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Examples of Float

Example #1
Down through the transparency of these great depths, the water was not merely transparent, but dazzlingly, brilliantly so.
Example #2
Often, as we lay on our faces, a granite boulder, as large as a village church, would start out of the bottom apparently, and seem climbing up rapidly to the surface, till presently it threatened to touch our faces, and we could not resist the impulse to seize an oar and avert the danger.
Example #3
She was pleasantly conscious that the loungers who passed by, male and female, gave something of attention to her face and costume.
Example #4
For the first few days after their arrival at Teignmouth, they sat or walked on the promenade, walked or sat on the pier, sat or walked on the Den-a long, wide lawn, decked about with shrubs and flower-beds, between sea-fronting houses and the beach.
Example #5
I have already told you this, but I repeat it.
Example #6
Nevertheless, come to us very soon.