[ floht ]
/ floʊt /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. flitter,
  2. flittermouse,
  3. flitty,
  4. flivver,
  5. flo,
  6. float bowl,
  7. float bridge,
  8. float chamber,
  9. float glass,
  10. float off

Origin of float

before 1000; Middle English floten, Old English flotian; cognate with Old Norse flota, Middle Dutch vloten; akin to Old English flēotan to fleet2

Related formsout·float, verb (used with object)re·float, verb

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British Dictionary definitions for float


/ (fləʊt) /



See also float off, floats

Derived Formsfloatable, adjectivefloatability, noun

Word Origin for float

Old English flotian; related to Old Norse flota , Old Saxon flotōn; see fleet ²

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Word Origin and History for float
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Science definitions for float


[ flōt ]

An air-filled sac in certain aquatic organisms, such as kelp, that helps maintain buoyancy. Also called air bladder air vesicle
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