floor

[flawr, flohr]

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. floodlight projector,
  2. floodplain,
  3. floodwater,
  4. floodway,
  5. flooey,
  6. floor broker,
  7. floor exercise,
  8. floor furnace,
  9. floor lamp,
  10. floor leader

Idioms

    mop/wipe the floor with, Informal. to overwhelm completely; defeat: He expected to mop the floor with his opponents.
    take the floor, to arise to address a meeting.

Origin of floor

before 900; Middle English flor, Old English flōr; cognate with Old Norse flōr, Middle Low German vlōr, Middle High German vluor (German Flur)

Related formsfloor·less, adjectiveun·der·floor, nounun·floor, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for take the floor

floor

noun

Also called: flooring the inner lower surface of a room
a storey of a buildingthe second floor
a flat bottom surface in or on any structurethe floor of a lift; a dance floor
the bottom surface of a tunnel, cave, river, sea, etc
mining an underlying stratum
nautical the bottom, or the lowermost framing members at the bottom, of a vessel
that part of a legislative hall in which debate and other business is conducted
the right to speak in a legislative or deliberative body (esp in the phrases get, have, or be given the floor)
the room in a stock exchange where trading takes place
the earth; ground
a minimum price charged or paida wage floor
take the floor to begin dancing on a dance floor

verb

to cover with or construct a floor
(tr) to knock to the floor or ground
(tr) informal to disconcert, confound, or defeatto be floored by a problem

Word Origin for floor

Old English flōr; related to Old Norse flōrr, Middle Low German vlōr floor, Latin plānus level, Greek planan to cause to wander

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Word Origin and History for take the floor
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Idioms and Phrases with take the floor

take the floor

Rise to speak formally to an assembled group, as in After that long introduction, the treasurer took the floor. This idiom uses floor in the sense of “right to speak,” in turn derived from its meaning as the part of the legislature from which members address the group. [c. 1800]

floor

see ground floor; mop up the floor with; sink through the floor; take the floor; walk the floor.

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