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Definition of Float

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stay on the surface of a liquid; drift; vacillate; cause to float, set afloat; flood; hover; establish; sell stock
buoy; something that floats; air container on the underside of a seaplane (enables flotation); vehicle for carrying an exhibit in a parade; soft drink or fruit juice with ice cream floating in it; milkshake with ice cream floating in it
Float Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
Float Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
hEnglish - advanced version

\float\ (flōt), n.[oe. flote ship, boat, fleet, as. flota ship, fr. fle?tan to float; akin to d. vloot fleet, g. floss raft, icel. floti float, raft, fleet, sw. flotta. ? 84. see fleet, v. i., and cf. flotilla, flotsam, plover.]
1. 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. specifically: (a) a mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft. (b) the hollow, metallic ball of a self-acting faucet, which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler. (c) the cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait line, and indicate the bite of a fish. (d) anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink; an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to swim; a life preserver. this reform bill had been used as a float by the conservative ministry. p. peters.
2. a float board. see float board (below).
3. (tempering) a contrivance for affording a copious stream of water to the heated surface of an object of large bulk, as an anvil or die.
4. the act of flowing; flux; flow. [obs.]
5. a quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep. [obs.]
6. (plastering) the trowel or tool with which the floated coat of plastering is leveled and smoothed.
7. a polishing block used in marble working; a runner.
8. a single-cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers for rasping off pegs inside a shoe.
9. a coal cart. [eng.]
10. the sea; a wave. see flote, n.
board, one of the boards fixed radially to the rim of an undershot water wheel or of a steamer's paddle wheel; -- a vane.
case (naut.), a caisson used for lifting a ship.

  similar words(10) 

 float ore 
 root beer float 
 float board 
 carling float 
 float case 
 float valve 
 ice float 
 float stone 
 to float with the stream 
 ice-cream float 
English Phonetics
Australian Slang
smb. is in real need of a piss
faking of a drowned person effected by floating face down in the water
Lexicon of Thieves' Cant
a prison ship
WordNet 2.0

1. the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
(hypernym) time interval, interval
2. the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
(hypernym) stock
3. a drink with ice cream floating in it
(synonym) ice-cream soda, ice-cream float
(hypernym) drink
(hyponym) root beer float
4. an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
(hypernym) display, presentation
5. a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
(synonym) plasterer's float
(hypernym) hand tool
6. something that remains on the surface of a liquid
(hypernym) artifact, artefact
(hyponym) bob, bobber, cork, bobfloat

1. 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"
(synonym) drift, be adrift, blow
(hypernym) travel, go, move, locomote
(hyponym) waft
2. be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink
(synonym) swim
(antonym) sink, settle, go down, go under
(hypernym) travel, go, move, locomote
(hyponym) buoy
(derivation) floating
3. set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
(hypernym) transport
(hyponym) tide
4. circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"
(hypernym) test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay
5. move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"
(hypernym) travel, go, move, locomote
(hyponym) ride
(verb-group) drift, be adrift, blow
6. put into the water; "float a ship"
(hypernym) launch
7. make the surface of level or smooth; "float the plaster"
(hypernym) smooth, smoothen
(classification) masonry
8. allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the ruble for a few months"
(hypernym) value
9. convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; "float data"
(hypernym) convert, change over
Float Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
BTS Transportation Expressions
Flatbed semitrailer. (ATA1)
By the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Campbell R. Harvey's Hypertextual Finance Glossary
Used in the context of general equities.
Currency: exchange rate policy whereby the authorities do not accept an obligation to limit the range of the market rate.
Equities: number of shares of a corporation that are outstanding and available for trading by the public, excluding insiders or restricted stock on a when issued basis. A stock's volatility is inversely correlated to its Float.
Copyright © 2000, Campbell R. Harvey. All Rights Reserved.
Glossary of petroleum Industry
(1)A long, flat-bed trailer the front end of which rests on a truck, the rear end on two dual-wheel axles. Floats are used in the oil fields for transporting long, heavy equipment. (2) The buoyant element of a fluid-level shut off or control apparatus. An airtight canister or sphere that floats on liquids and is attached to an arm that moves up and down, actuating other devices as the liquid level rises and falls.
Options Trading Glossary
Number of shares available for public trading.
Float Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
A small hollow tank which is more buoyant than the liquid in which it is immersed. In a carburetor it operates the valve (needle and seat ) which controls the amount of fuel entering the carburetor . In the fuel tank , it indicates the amount of fuel. Also see valve float . Older floats were hollow and made of metal, but newer ones were made of a solid synthetic material.
Float Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
- class java.lang..Float 
public final class Float extends Number implements Comparable 
Tree:java.lang.Object - java.lang.Number - java.lang.Float
The Float class wraps a value of primitive type float in an object. An object of type Float contains a single field whose type is float.
- Static variable in class javax.swing.text.html.CSS.Attribute 
public static final CSS.Attribute FLOAT
- Constructor for class java.lang.Float 
public Float (String  s) throws NumberFormatException 
Constructs a newly allocated Float object that represents the floating-point value of type float represented by the string. The string is converted to a float value as if by the valueOf method.Parameters: s - a string to be converted to a Float.Throws: NumberFormatException - if the string does not contain a parsable number.See Also:  valueOf(java.lang.String)
- Constructor for class java.lang.Float 
public Float (double value)
Constructs a newly allocated Floatobject that represents the argument converted to type float.Parameters: value - the value to be represented by the Float.
- Constructor for class java.lang.Float 
public Float (float value)
Constructs a newly allocated Float object that represents the primitive float argument.Parameters: value - the value to be represented by the Float.
Noman's Java(TM) Glossary
A Java programming language keyword used to define a floating point number variable. The float data type, which is thirty-two bits long, can hold values in the range of ­-3.402823 x 10 38 to around 3.402823 x 10 38. This type of value is called a single-precision floating-point number.
Float Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Float may refer to:
  • Float (bartending technique)
  • Float (liquid level), a fluid-level indicator used in process engineering and plumbing
  • Float (project management), a time-management device
  • Float (sculpture), a 1990 public artwork by American artist Peter Flanary
  • Float (woodworking), a tool used to cut, flatten and/or smooth wood via abrasion

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Float Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
(1) To remain suspended within or on the surface of a fluid without sinking. To cause to remain suspended without sinking or falling. (2) To put into water; launch. (3) To flood (land), as for irrigation.
Float Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Guitar Glossary
To disconnect from ground.
Copyright © 1996-2006 Guitar Nine Records All Rights Reserved.
american horse racing dictionary
1) An equine dental procedure in which sharp points on the teeth are filed down. 2) The instrument with which the above procedure is performed.
- the table bank.
film and video
Periodic vertical movement of the image which occurs as a result of mechanical faults in the camera, printer, or projector.
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
markek (n.); markau (v.)