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.
Words nearby float
Origin of float
OTHER WORDS FROM floatout·float, verb (used with object)re·float, verb
Examples from the Web for floats
The film often floats back and forth between these moments of satire and sadness.‘Force Majeure’ and the Swedish Family Vacation From Hell|Alex Suskind|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Still Walking is bathed in lovely summer light, and it floats on air.
The festival, like all Jewish festivals, floats around the calendar—this year, in fact, it falls on Thanksgiving.
But she ran a badly flawed campaign, Obama won, and Hillary is now an international diplomat who floats above partisan politics.
He floats silently in the background, smirking at his children while he relights his pipe.
This boat, which floats upon the surface of the water until the larv are disclosed, is placed there by the female gnat.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
The fertilized egg, when laid, floats off and becomes attached to the shell of some oyster on a nearby rock.Self Knowledge and Guide to Sex Instruction|T. W. Shannon
These floats can stand the pressure at great depths, and do not become waterlogged as do cork floats.
Each is about five inches in length, and trumpet-shaped at its extremity, which floats free in the pelvic cavity.The Fertility of the Unfit|William Allan Chapple
The instrument is so arranged that it floats in pure water with most of the stem above the surface.
British Dictionary definitions for floats (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for floats (2 of 2)
- to launch or establish (a commercial enterprise, etc)
- to offer for sale (stock or bond issues, etc) on the stock market