float

[ floht ]
/ floʊt /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun

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

SYNONYMS FOR float

OTHER WORDS FROM float

out·float, verb (used with object)re·float, verb
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Examples from the Web for refloat

  • The next phase of the operation is preparing for the refloat, which is scheduled to take place sometime next year.

    The Raising of the Concordia|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • The Allies did not wait for the war to end before trying to refloat these vessels.

    Inventions of the Great War|A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

British Dictionary definitions for refloat

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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Science definitions for refloat

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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