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Definition of Float


  1. Anything which floats or rests on the surface of a fluid, as to sustain weight, or to indicate the height of the surface, or mark the place of, something.
  2. A mass of timber or boards fastened together, and conveyed down a stream by the current; a raft.
  3. The hollow, metallic ball of a self-acting faucet, which floats upon the water in a cistern or boiler.
  4. The cork or quill used in angling, to support the bait line, and indicate the bite of a fish.
  5. Anything used to buoy up whatever is liable to sink; an inflated bag or pillow used by persons learning to swim; a life preserver.
  6. A float board. See Float board (below).
  7. A contrivance for affording a copious stream of water to the heated surface of an object of large bulk, as an anvil or die.
  8. The act of flowing; flux; flow.
  9. A quantity of earth, eighteen feet square and one foot deep.
  10. The trowel or tool with which the floated coat of plastering is leveled and smoothed.
  11. A polishing block used in marble working; a runner.
  12. A single-cut file for smoothing; a tool used by shoemakers for rasping off pegs inside a shoe.
  13. A coal cart.
  14. The sea; a wave. See Flote, n.
  15. To rest on the surface of any fluid; to swim; to be buoyed up.
  16. To move quietly or gently on the water, as a raft; to drift along; to move or glide without effort or impulse on the surface of a fluid, or through the air.
  17. To cause to float; to cause to rest or move on the surface of a fluid; as, the tide floated the ship into the harbor.
  18. To flood; to overflow; to cover with water.
  19. To pass over and level the surface of with a float while the plastering is kept wet.
  20. To support and sustain the credit of, as a commercial scheme or a joint-stock company, so as to enable it to go into, or continue in, operation.

Float Quotations

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Muhammad Ali

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
Alan Watts

I would say things like 'I am the greatest! I'm pretty! If you talk jive, you'll drop in five! I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! I'm pretty!' When white people heard me talking like this, some said, 'That black man talks too much. He's bragging.'
Muhammad Ali

Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
Julie Andrews
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Float Translations

float in Afrikaans is dryf, swem
float in Dutch is vlotten, dobberen, drijven
float in Finnish is uida
float in French is flottent, traquer, flotter, train de bois, flottez
float in Italian is zattera, nuotare, spingere
float in Latin is no
float in Portuguese is nadar, flutuador
float in Spanish is nadar, balsa
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