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float

[ floht ]
/ floʊt /
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verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
noun
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Origin of float

First recorded before 1000; Middle English floten, Old English flotian; cognate with Old Norse flota, Middle Dutch vloten; akin to Old English flēotan “to move swiftly” (see fleet2)

OTHER WORDS FROM float

outfloat, verb (used with object)re·float, verb
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British Dictionary definitions for float

float
/ (fləʊt) /

verb
noun
See also float off, floats

Derived forms of float

floatable, adjectivefloatability, noun

Word Origin for float

Old English flotian; related to Old Norse flota , Old Saxon flotōn; see fleet ²
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Scientific definitions for float

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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