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float

 
Noun float has 6 senses
  1. float - the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment
    --1 is a kind of
    time interval, interval
  2. float - the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public
    --2 is a kind of
    stock
  3. ice-cream soda, ice-cream float, float - a drink with ice cream floating in it
    --3 is a kind of drink
    --3 has particulars: root beer float
  4. float - an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
    --4 is a kind of
    display, presentation
  5. float, plasterer's float - a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
    --5 is a kind of hand tool
  6. float - something that remains on the surface of a liquid
    --6 is a kind of
    artifact, artefact
    --6 has particulars:
     bob, bobber, cork, bobfloat; chip; life preserver, preserver, flotation device; pontoon; raft
    Derived forms: verb float6, verb float3, verb float2
Verb float has 9 senses
  1. float, drift, be adrift, blow - 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"
    --1 is one way to travel, go, move, locomote
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
  2. float, swim - be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink
    --2 is one way to travel, go, move, locomote
    Antonyms: sink, settle, go down, go under
    Derived forms: noun floating1, noun floater6, noun floater7, noun float6, noun floatation1, noun flotation1
    Sample sentence:
    These cars won't float
  3. float - set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"
    --3 is one way to
    transport
    Derived forms: noun float6, noun floatation1, noun flotation1
    Sample sentence:
    The girls float the wooden sticks
  4. float - circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"
    --4 is one way to
    test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  5. float - move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"
    --5 is one way to
    travel, go, move, locomote
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
    Somebody ----s PP
  6. float - put into the water; "float a ship"
    --6 is one way to
    launch
    Derived forms: noun float6, noun floatation1, noun flotation1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  7. float - make the surface of level or smooth; "float the plaster"
    --7 is one way to
    smooth, smoothen
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  8. float - allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the ruble for a few months"
    --8 is one way to
    value
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  9. float - convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; "float data"
    --9 is one way to
    convert, change over
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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