verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- a flat tool for spreading and smoothing plaster or stucco.
- a tool for polishing marble.
- loose fragments of rock, ore, etc., that have been moved from one place to another by the action of wind, water, etc.
- ore that has been washed downhill from an orebody and is found lying on the surface of the ground.
- any mineral in suspension in water.
- float bowl,
- float bridge,
- float chamber,
- float glass,
- float off
Origin of float
Examples from the Web for float
In the meantime, Epstein has tried to use his charitable projects to float him back to the top.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You can go as deep as you like, or float about on the surface.D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ Was Worth Waiting 15 Years For|James Joiner|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He allows the subject to float over to Hitchcock with a calm directness that I admire.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They haven't been dead long enough to float, but that will come in time.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But miraculously they must float in the heavens so far away from us, their beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever.Billy Crystal's Tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys Was Perfect|Kevin Fallon|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It occurred to him presently that he could steer as well as propel his float with his feet.The Border Watch|Joseph A. Altsheler
If the float is too high on its stem, the gasoline control valve may not be operated until the fuel overflows in its chamber.The Gasoline Motor|Harold Whiting Slauson
Of course they had no boat, and the only way they could get back to the ship was to float on one piece of ice to another.Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North|Fullerton Waldo
It was a breathless afternoon; beyond the city the blue hills seemed to float and quiver in mid-air.Pharos, The Egyptian|Guy Newell Boothby
About his head there began to float a pale, luminescent sphere.Sense from Thought Divide|Mark Irvin Clifton
- to launch or establish (a commercial enterprise, etc)
- to offer for sale (stock or bond issues, etc) on the stock market
Word Origin for float
late Old English flotian "to float" (class II strong verb; past tense fleat, past participle floten), from Proto-Germanic *flutojanan (cf. Old Norse flota, Middle Dutch vloten), from PIE root *pleu- "to flow" (see pluvial). Of motion through air, from 1630s. Related: Floated; floating.
early 12c., "state of floating" (Old English flot meant "body of water"), from float (v.). Meaning "platform on wheels used for displays in parades, etc." is from 1888, probably from earlier sense of "flat-bottomed boat" (1550s). As a type of fountain drink, by 1915.
Float.--An ade upon the top of which is floated a layer of grape juice, ginger ale, or in some cases a disher of fruit sherbet or ice cream. In the latter case it would be known as a "sherbet float" or an "ice-cream float." ["The Dispenser's Formulary: Or, Soda Water Guide," New York, 1915]
Few soda water dispensers know what is meant by a "Float Ice Cream Soda." This is not strange since the term is a coined one. By a "float ice cream soda" is meant a soda with the ice cream floating on top, thus making a most inviting appearance and impressing the customer that you are liberal with your ice cream, when you are not really giving any more than the fellow that mixes his ice cream "out of sight." ["The Spatula," Boston, July, 1908]