[ UK /flˈə‍ʊt/ ]
[ US /ˈfɫoʊt/ ]
  1. be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom
  2. move lightly, as if suspended
    The dancer floated across the stage
  3. be in motion due to some air or water current
    The leaves were blowing in the wind
    the boat drifted on the lake
    the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore
    The sailboat was adrift on the open sea
  4. convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation
    float data
  5. allow (currencies) to fluctuate
    The government floated the ruble for a few months
  6. set afloat
    The boy floated his toy boat on the pond
    He floated the logs down the river
  7. put into the water
    float a ship
  8. make the surface of level or smooth
    float the plaster
  9. circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
    The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform
  1. the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
  2. a drink with ice cream floating in it
  3. the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
  4. an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
  5. something that floats on the surface of water
  6. an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy
  7. a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
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How To Use float In A Sentence

  • The most interesting statistic on the list is the large number of accidents where the pilot attempted to land with the gear down with amphibious floats.
  • Such football titbits always float to the surface on third-round day which remains the best, most hectic, interesting and fun day of the season - and this one was even more frenetic than usual.
  • They drifted into the control room and floated above the sensor-generated hologram of the “herd. ” The “herd” consisted of approximately 3,000 mountain-sized blocks of ice that once were comet 2P/Encke. 365 tomorrows » 2006 » September : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day
  • I use long lengths of floating row cover, anchored with bricks and stones, on annual and perennial beds.
  • Your clock has a floating balance mechanism.
  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hand can't hit, what the eye can't see. Muhammad Ali 
  • Her hands, drawn to the keyboard, floated into a long appoggiatura. THE LAST REPORT ON THE MIRACLES AT LITTLE NO HORSE: A NOVEL
  • The high tide of adaptationism floated a motley navy, but it may now be on the ebb. Adaptationism
  • There were floating candles that decorated the pool and the fountain, as well as ornamental flowers arrangements.
  • Unfortunately, the locker room is full of private equity houses hoping to refloat gym club chains. Times, Sunday Times
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