- the bottom of a hull.
- any of a number of deep, transverse framing members at the bottom of a steel or iron hull, generally interrupted by and joined to any vertical keel or keelsons.
- the lowermost member of a frame in a wooden vessel.
verb (used with object)
Origin of floor
Related Words for floorcanvas, flooring, deck, ground, rug, basement, stage, carpet, mat, flat, story, cellar, mezzanine, landing, upstairs, tier, nadir, baffle, stump, dumbfound
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Contemporary Examples of floor
It was a Senate floor soap opera over none other than a soap-opera producer.U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale
January 2, 2015
When I saw the fire in the restaurant, I ran down to the floor below, where I was trapped between flames above and below.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror
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December 29, 2014
Twin girls, Greta and Grace, run around the floor in circles, wearing pink playsuits with tiny pink wings attached.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
We lived in a coed dorm, with the first and third floors housing the young men, and the second floor housing the girls.
I had no idea what time it was or how long I had been on the second floor.
Historical Examples of floor
He began to pace the floor again from one room to the other.
Percival had walked the floor in deep attention to the old man's words.
She fell to the floor in helpless, shrieking laughter when he came.
He swept up the blankets and went down the stairs to the first floor.
He led the way into the house and picked up one of the posters, which lay on the floor.
Word Origin for floor
Old English flor "floor, pavement, ground, bottom (of a lake, etc.)," from Proto-Germanic *floruz "floor" (cf. Middle Dutch and Dutch vloer, Old Norse flor "floor," Middle High German vluor, German Flur "field, meadow"), from PIE *plaros "flat surface" (cf. Welsh llawr "ground"), enlarged from *pele- (2) "flat, to spread" (see plane (n.1)).
Meaning "level of a house" is from 1580s. The figurative sense in legislative assemblies (as opposed to the platform) is first recorded 1774. Spanish suelo "floor" is from Latin solum "bottom, ground, soil;" German Boden is cognate with English bottom. Floor plan attested from 1867.
see ground floor; mop up the floor with; sink through the floor; take the floor; walk the floor.