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  1. float
    IPA[flōt]
  2. verb

    • 1. rest or move on or near the surface of a liquid without sinking:

      she relaxed, floating gently in the water
      Synonym : stay afloat, stay on the surface, be buoyant, be buoyed up
    • 2. cause (a buoyant object) to rest or move on the surface of a liquid without sinking:

      trees were felled and floated downstream
    • 3. be suspended freely in a liquid or gas:

      fragments of chipped cartilage floated in the joint
    • 4. move or hover slowly and lightly in a liquid or the air; drift:

      clouds floated across a brilliant blue sky through the open window floated the sound of traffic
      Synonym : hover, levitate, be suspended, hang, defy gravity, drift, glide, sail, slip, slide, waft, flow, stream, move, travel, be carried
    • 5. (of a rumor, idea, etc.) circulate:

      the notion was floating around Capitol Hill
    • 6. (in sports) make (the ball) travel lightly and effortlessly through the air:

      he floated the kick into the net
    • 7. (of a sight or idea) come before the eyes or mind:

      the advice his father had given him floated into his mind
    • 8. put forward (an idea) as a suggestion or test of reactions.

      Synonym : suggest, put forward, come up with, submit, raise, moot, propose, advance, offer, proffer, posit, present, table, test the popularity of, table, run something up the flagpole (to see who salutes)
    • 9. offer the shares of (a company) for sale on the stock market for the first time.

      Synonym : launch, get going, get off the ground, offer, sell, introduce, establish, set up, institute, promote
    • 10. (of a currency) fluctuate freely in value in accordance with supply and demand in the financial markets:

      a policy of letting the pound float
    • 11. allow (a currency) to fluctuate in value.

    noun

    • 1. a thing that is buoyant in water.

    • 2. a small object attached to a fishing line to indicate by moving when a fish bites.

    • 3. a cork or buoy supporting the edge of a fishing net.

    • 4. a hollow or inflated organ enabling an organism (such as the Portuguese man-of-war) to float in the water.

    • 5. a hollow structure fixed underneath an aircraft enabling it to take off and land on water.

    • 6. a device floating on the surface of a liquid that forms part of a valve apparatus controlling flow in and out of the enclosing container, e.g., in a toilet tank or a carburetor.

    • 7. a platform mounted on a truck and carrying a display in a parade:

      a carnival float
    • 8. a hand tool with a rectangular blade used for smoothing plaster or concrete.

    • 9. a soft drink with a scoop of ice cream floating in it:

      root-beer floats
    • 10. (in critical path analysis) the period of time by which the duration of an activity may be extended without affecting the overall time for the process.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: float, plural noun: floats

    • v.: verb: float, 3rd person present: floats, gerund or present participle: floating, past tense: floated, past participle: floated

    • verb

      rest or move on or near the surface of a liquid without sinking:

      cause (a buoyant object) to rest or move on or near the surface of a liquid:

    • noun

      a thing that is buoyant in water.

      a small object attached to a fishing line to indicate by moving when a fish bites.

    • verb

      cause or allow (something) to float freely:

      be unattached and float freely:

    • noun

      another term for ball valve
    • noun

      the hinged arm attached to the ball float in the ballcock of a toilet tank.
    • noun

      glass made by allowing it to solidify on molten metal.
    • noun

      the spherical float attached to the pivoting arm of the ballcock in a toilet tank.
    • verb

      cause or allow (something) to float freely:

      be unattached and float freely:

    • noun

      plate glass made by allowing it to solidify on a layer of molten metal.
    • noun

      an open-sided van, typically powered by electricity, that is used for delivering milk to houses.
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