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.
Origin of float
Related formsout·float, verb (used with object)re·float, verb
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
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
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
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
British Dictionary definitions for float
- to launch or establish (a commercial enterprise, etc)
- to offer for sale (stock or bond issues, etc) on the stock market